About the application
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture has completed its comprehensive formal assessment process of the Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd marine aquaculture pilot lease and licence application.
The assessment process was conducted according to the requirements of sections 22 and 28 of the Aquaculture Act 2001.
This application sought approval for a pilot lease area of 12.25 hectares in the waters of Encounter Bay near Granite Island, Victor Harbor, for the purposes of tourism.
The applicants proposed a facility that would give visitors the opportunity to:
- swim with a range of different native marine species, including Southern Bluefin Tuna
- hand-feed fish from a viewing platform
- view them from an underwater observatory
- interact with aquatic animals through a set of touch tanks.
The aquaculture application to PIRSA formed part of an overall proposal by Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd submitted to State Government and managed under the unsolicited proposals process. The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources website has further details regarding the unsolicited proposal.
- A 4 week public notification period (2 to 30 July 2015) and a public information session in Victor Harbor on 23 July 2015.
- Development of a response document that considered all relevant issues raised in public submissions. Download the submission response ().
- Approval by the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure for the proposed area of the pilot lease.
- Native Title notification to South Australian Native Title Services.
- Development of an ecologically sustainable development (ESD) risk assessment of the licence application, including those risks raised in public submissions.
- Referral of the ESD risk assessment to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA reviewed and provided their approval for the aquaculture licence to be granted.
- Referral of the application assessment, to the Development Assessment Commission (DAC), with development approval for the venture granted on 23 December 2015. This authorisation does not become operative until any appeals have been addressed through the Environment Resources and Development Court. See the Development Assessment Commission website.
- The licensee must undertake a PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture and EPA approved environmental monitoring program.
Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd also referred this matter to the Commonwealth Department of the Environment for their activity to be assessed against the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). It was the decision of the delegate of the Australian Government Minister for the Environment that the activity did not constitute a controlled action in relation to matters of National environmental significance. See the Australian Government Department of Environment website.
Based on the outcomes of the assessment, the Aquaculture Pilot Lease (Miscellaneous) LA00358 and Aquaculture Miscellaneous Licence AQ00315 has been granted to Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd.
Consultation on this pilot lease and licence application has now closed.
Matthew Hoare, Aquaculture Case Manager
Phone: (08) 8429 0400