Zone policies

There are 10 statutory aquaculture zone policies designated within South Australian waters allowing for production of a range of species.

An aquaculture zone policy describes where, what species and how much of a particular type of aquaculture development can occur within the zone boundaries. The Aquaculture Act 2001 prescribes the development and content of aquaculture zone policies.

Aquaculture (Zones-Lower Eyre Peninsula) Policy 2013

This policy came into operation on 14 February 2013 and includes 6 aquaculture zones and 3 aquaculture exclusion zones.

The zone policy accommodates farming of wild caught:

  • tuna
  • finfish
  • algae
  • molluscs, including:
    • mussels
    • oysters
    • abalone.

The Louth Bay aquaculture zone is established and governed by Part 6 of the Aquaculture (Zones - Lower Eyre Peninsula) Policy 2013. Section 5 of the policy allows the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to amend Part 6 of the policy, by notice in the gazette, to divide the Louth Bay aquaculture zone into two sectors (north and south) as prescribed in Schedule 3. Please note that the Minister has not amended the policy in this way and the Louth Bay aquaculture zone continues to be one zone area and has not been divided into sectors. The Louth Bay aquaculture zone continues to be governed by Part 6 of the Policy and is not impacted by Schedule 3.

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Aquaculture (Zones - Lacepede Bay) Policy 2012

This policy came into operation on 10 May 2012. It includes 2 aquaculture zones and one exclusion zone providing for the farming of aquatic animals:

  • other than abalone and prescribed wild caught tuna
  • in a manner that involves regular feeding.

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Aquaculture (Zones - Streaky Bay) Policy 2011

This policy came into operation on 29 September 2011. It includes 10 aquaculture zones and 5 exclusion zones providing for the farming of molluscs other than bivalve molluscs.

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Aquaculture (Zones - Arno Bay) Policy 2011

This policy came into operation on 29 September 2011. It includes 2 aquaculture zones and provides for the farming of aquatic animals:

  • other than prescribed wild caught tuna
  • in a manner that involves regular feeding.

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Aquaculture (Zones - Port Neill) Policy 2008

This policy came into operation on 4 December 2008. It includes 1 aquaculture zone providing for the farming of aquatic animals:

  • other than prescribed wild caught tuna
  • in a manner that involves regular feeding
  • and the take of:
    • prescribed wild caught tuna broodstock
    • bivalve molluscs
    • algae.

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Aquaculture (Zones – Fitzgerald Bay) Policy 2008

This policy came into operation on 4 December 2008. It establishes 2 aquaculture zones and 2 exclusion zones, providing for the farming of aquatic animals:

  • other than prescribed wild caught tuna
  • in a manner that involves regular feeding
  • and the take of:
    • prescribed wild caught tuna broodstock
    • bivalve molluscs
    • algae.

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Aquaculture (Zones - Coffin Bay) Policy 2008

This policy came into operation on 2 October 2008. It includes 7 aquaculture zones and 3 aquaculture exclusion zones. The total leasable area is 182 hectares for the farming of molluscs and algae. Mussels are excluded.

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Aquaculture (Zones - Smoky Bay) Policy 2007

This policy came into operation on 4 October 2007. It includes 8 aquaculture zones providing 2 exclusion zones for the farming of molluscs other than bivalve molluscs.

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Aquaculture (Zones - Anxious Bay) Policy 2007

The policy came into operation on 8 November 2007. It includes 1 aquaculture zone and 1 exclusion zone. The zone provides for the farming of mollusc aquaculture including Abalone but excluding Oyster and Mussel.

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Aquaculture (Zones - Cape D'Estrees) Policy 2006

This policy came into operation on 23 November 2006. It includes 3 aquaculture zones and provides for the farming of filter-feeding molluscs and the farming of algae.

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Aquaculture (Zones - Eastern Spencer Gulf) Policy 2005

This amendment policy came into operation on 20 June 2017. It includes 10 aquaculture zones and 4 exclusion zones and provides for the farming of bivalve molluscs, finfish and algae.

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