Mid West Aquaculture Zone (waters adjacent to the Shire of Northampton)

Closed 7 May 2013

Opened 1 May 2013

Feedback updated 24 May 2013

We asked

Public comment was invited on the referral to help the EPA determine the appropriate level of assessment.

You said

There were no comments on the referral.

We did

The EPA determined that the proposal should be assessed at the level of Public Environmental Review due to the potential of the impacts to be significant and the sensitive location of the proposal near the Abrolhos Islands.



The Department of Fisheries’ strategic proposal to establish a Mid West Aquaculture Zone is aimed towards increasing opportunities for finfish aquaculture in Western Australia. The proposed aquaculture zone is an area of State waters selected according to its suitability and compatibility with marine finfish aquaculture.

What happens next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The Chairman's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


  • All of Western Australia


  • Public


  • Seven-day comment on referrals