Science & Regulation

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There are many different career paths that come under science and regulation. At the end of the day, the effectiveness, safety, and growth of our seafood industry relies on good science hand in hand with good regulation. There are many different organisations operating within this space offering positions both in the field and within office spaces.

Within Tasmania almost all regulation around the seafood industry is set by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) and by the Environment Protection Authority Tasmania (EPA Tas). The work conducted by these organisations relies heavily on research conducted by University of Tasmania (UTAS) through the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).

Tasmania also houses research institutes such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).

Independent consulting businesses also work in the science and regulation space and provide advice and expertise to businesses around environmental management and impacts. Many consultants in the marine space hold science qualifications.

The Department of Health is also involved in regulation of the seafood industry, as the governing body for food safety.

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Careers in Science & Regulation


Department of Primary Industries,

Parks, Water, and Environment

Department of Primary Industries,

Parks, Water, and Environment

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) is Tasmania’s lead natural resources agency, responsible for the sustainable management of the State’s natural and cultural heritage, including marine resources.


Biosecurity Tasmania also falls within DPIPWE, including the Shellfish Market Access Program (ShellMAP). ShellMAP focuses on shellfish quality assurance, industry development, and operational services including assistance with biotoxin and chemical testing.


For anyone undertaking or about to undertake study in people management at UTAS, there is the Cadetship Program within DPIPWE.

University of Tasmania, and

Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies

University of Tasmania, and

Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence at the University of Tasmania.


Research at IMAS spans three key themes:
o fisheries and aquaculture
o ecology and biodiversity
o oceans and cryosphere

Environmental Protection Authority

Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority is Tasmania’s principal environmental regulator. The EPA administers the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 and is an integral part of Tasmania's Resource Management and Planning System.

Department of Health – Food Safety

Department of Health – Food Safety

The Tasmanian Department of Health regulate and monitor food safety with local councils and other government departments to make sure food made, sold, or eaten in Tasmania is safe. They also develop, implement and advise on food safety policy and legislation, and coordinate food incidents such as recalls and outbreaks of food-borne disease.

CSIRO

CSIRO

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) conduct a wide variety of research which is often used to guide policy and provide industry solutions.

Australian Antarctic Division

Australian Antarctic Division

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) leads the Australian Antarctic Program. The Australian Antarctic Program is highly collaborative, comprising partnerships across government and with more than 150 national and international research institutions.


Science conducted through the Australian Antarctic Program has several main outcomes, including supporting valuable Australian commercial operations and opportunities such as sustainable fishing within the Antarctic Treaty system’s governance framework.

Careers in Seafood