Coastal aquaculture in South Australia has been going through a period of unprecedented growth during the past seven years. The value of the South Australian aquaculture industry has increased from US$1.3 million in 1990-1991 to an estimated US$31 million in 1996-1997. This growth has led to the implementation of planning and management policies by the state government. South Australian coastal waters have been divided into regions, and regional aquaculture management plans have been prepared. These management policies have generated concerns among interest groups and the community. The recent coastal aquaculture planning and management policies are described and analyzed, focusing on their contribution to the development of an ecologically sustainable industry. The need for an integrated approach to management is emphasized, especially given the great interest of the state government on the development of the industry.
- South Australia