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Tasmania's spectacular marine environment is a unique and valuable part of our state. Our harbours, bays and channels should be protected for all Tasmanians and for the habitats they provide to marine life.

The Tasmanian salmon farming industry is operating and expanding in an unsustainable and often destructive way. Both Labor and the Liberals have allowed the industry to write its own rules and expansion plans. The consequence has been disastrous – a legacy of water pollution from thousands of tonnes of fish faeces, waterway congestion from large fish pens, degradation of local fisheries, seal ‘relocations’, collapsing ecosystems, noise and light pollution, the impact on marine scenery, and damage to Tasmania’s clean green brand.

Our marine environment needs protection, and we must ensure everyone has a say on if, where, and how salmon farming should operate in public waters around the State. Until a better system is in place, we need a moratorium on fish farm expansion.

 

What Can I Do?

You can write to the Premier and Labor Leader Rebecca White and demand that they support a moratorium on fish farm expansion. You can also write to House of Assembly crossbenchers Madeleine Ogilvie and Speaker Sue Hickey and ask them where they stand on this issue.

 

In Parliament and the Media

Environmental Fine a Warning to the Salmon Industry

While the $40,000 fine imposed on Huon Aquaculture is barely a slap on the wrist to a company making tens of millions in profit every year. 
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Marine Safety Chief Warns of Fish Farm Debris Fatality Risk

Tasmania’s marine safety chief has reiterated his fears a boat user will be killed if they do not remove floating debris in waterways.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 27 February 2020

Huon CEO Attacks Parliament Inquiry

Huon Aquaculture CEO Frances Bender has attacked the integrity and purpose of the Legislative Council's Inquiry into Fin Fish Farming.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 21 February 2020

EPA Evidence Confirms Failure of Independent Fish Farm Regulation

Decisions about fish farms are not being made at arm’s length from ministers, and the EPA is independent in name only.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 21 February 2020

Fishfarm Industry Regulation Long Overdue

The new Premier has the chance to fix the state’s legislation and clean up fish farming in Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 17 February 2020

Macquarie Harbour Salmon Escape

Minister Barnett must come clean on reports of mass salmon escapes in degraded Macquarie Harbour.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 16 December 2019

2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee - Port Arthur

Full transcript of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 3 December 2019

2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee - TasCorp

Full transcript of the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Gutwein Refuses to Rule Out Further Public Funds for Twamley Dam

Treasurer Peter Gutwein refused to rule out committing further public funding to bail out the now-precarious Twamley Dam.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 17 October 2019

Seal Death on Bruny Island

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment to call on the minister to provide information of the death a seal at Dennes Point.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Tassal Scientific Permit Application

The DPIPWE website's wildlife management page has opened an application for socalled scientific permit, that is available for public comment until 18 September.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 5 September 2019

Labor Leadership Failure

In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 1 September 2019

Science and Evidence

When you do a PhD, you ought to, in my view, have an understanding about logic, about rationality and particularly an understanding about evidence.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Labor's Fish Farming Policy Still Unclear

Despite assurances that Labor would intervene to protect the marine environment, last week’s debate in State Parliament puts their confidence in doubt.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 4 May 2019

Labor's Position on Fish Farms

Rosalie Woodruff moves a motion calling on the Labor Party to outline their position on fish farming ahead of the Federal Election.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 1 May 2019

East Coast Salmon Expansion - Access to Water

Today construction is starting on a pipeline along the Prosser River as part of Tassal's bid to get water for their east coast salmon expansion.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Labor Must Answer to Coastal Communities on Fish Farm Expansion

When given the opportunity to articulate their policy on large-scale fish farm expansion ahead of the Federal Election, Labor failed.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 1 May 2019

New Fish Farm Regulations Lock Out Communities

The new fish farm regulations that come into force today* confirm the fears held by many coastal communities.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Marine Farming Planning Review Panel - Petuna Fish Farm, Storm Bay

Rosalie Woodruff responds to the announcement that the Government will be approving a large fish farm off Betsy Island in Storm Bay.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 11 April 2019

Petuna's Storm Bay Expansion Approval Compromised

Minister Barnett’s approval of the Storm Bay North Marine Farming Development Plan is completely compromised.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 11 April 2019

Leonie Hiscutt MLC in Political La-La Land

The Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council, Leonie Hiscutt MLC, is in political la-la land if she thinks Labor stands for the environment.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Leaked Letter Confirms Corrupted Approval Process for Storm Bay Expansion

Leaked correspondence has confirmed there has been a corrupted process governing the approval of fish farm expansion into Storm Bay.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 25 February 2019

Barnett Gives Himself an "A" on Salmon

It’s laughable for the newest Minister for Primary Industries to give the internal annual review of the Salmon Growth Plan a terrific score.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Marine Farm Planning Review Panel - Resignation of Members

Rosalie questions the Minister over the resignation of Marine Farm Planning Review Panel members Professor Barbara Novak and Ms Louise Cherry.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Barnett Refuses to Release Resignation Letter

The Minister for Primary Industries, Guy Barnett, refused to release the resignation letter of two key scientists from the Marine Farming Review Panel.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Clouds Still Hang Over Storm Bay Expansion Approval

Tasmanians don’t know what the relationship between the former-Minister and her then-Secretary has had to do with this approval.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Liberals Must Release Marine Farming Panel Report

Without seeing the Panel’s report, you can’t escape the conclusion the approval of the salmon industry’s privatisation of Storm Bay was a done deal.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Storm Bay Salmon Farm Approval Shows Disrespect for Community, and Science

The Liberals’ decision to approve mass expansion into Storm Bay shows the disregard they hold for community consultation and scientific evidence.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 29 October 2018

Liberals Playing Favourites on Salmon a Risk to Shellfish and Wild Fisheries

It’s destructive for the Hodgman Government to continue to play favourites with the salmon industry above - and at the cost of - others.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 22 October 2018

Australian Marine Conservation Society - Red Flag on Tasmanian Salmon

Disturbingly, AMCS yesterday red-flagged Tasmanian salmon and now recommend consumers say no to buying it.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 18 October 2018

Stewardship Certification Removal for Macquarie Harbour Salmon Not Surprising

It is mischievous for Petuna to claim catastrophically low oxygen levels have “nothing to do with the way in which we operate our marine farms."
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 14 October 2018

Salmon Industry Growth Plan

The salmon growth plan marine carve-up has no reference to marine science, the salmon industry or other stakeholders.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Escaped Salmon Silence Further Evidence of Self-Regulated Industry

Huon Aquaculture have finally confirmed 120,000 salmon escaped from their pens in the May storms this year.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Norfolk Bay Salmon Farm Shock Galvanises Locals

The Norfolk Bay lease has been approved as a salmon harvesting site by the EPA today.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 17 August 2018

Norfolk Bay Zombie Salmon Lease Provokes Community Outrage

Huon Aquaculture’s move to open a zombie finfish lease in Norfolk Bay for their POMV-infected salmon is a retrograde step.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 10 August 2018

Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies - Red Handfish Discovery

This newly discovered colony of rare red handfish could double the total population number to 80 individuals, which is fantastic.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018

New Salmon Plan Flounders in Macquarie Harbour

Tasmania’s salmon industry has again been let off the leash and back into the waters of Macquarie Harbour which are still recovering from the industry’s rampant expansion.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Liberals Take Evasion to the Next Level on Salmon

The Minister for Primary Industries today in Parliament refused to respond to allegations that 1,200 salmon a day are dying from Pilchard orthomyxovirus (POMV) at the Dover and Tasman salmon farm leases.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Derwent Estuary Program

The Derwent Estuary Program, as most members would know, is a partnership between a number of government business scientists and community groups, particularly the Brighton, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough Councils, the state Government, Nyrstar Hobart, Norske Skog, Boyer, TasWater, TasPorts and Hydro Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Salmon Farming and the Woodchip Industry

Yesterday Tassal made an unequivocal statement of concern about the controversial new woodchip port proposed for Dover.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 24 May 2018

Extreme Weather Event - Damage to Salmon Pens

Last Thursday there was extreme rainfall, floods and wild winds across southern Tasmania focused around Storm Bay and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Courtney Dodges Question on Mass Salmon Escape and Seal Deaths

The Minister for Primary Industries, Sarah Courtney, dodged questions in Parliament on reports of mass salmon escapes and seal deaths resulting from last week's climate-induced extreme weather events across Storm Bay.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Fish Farm Partnership Ignores Environmental Reality

Petuna and Tassal’s restructured operations in Macquarie Harbour may temporarily quell nervous shareholders, but will do nothing to fix the fundamentals of a severely degraded ecosystem resulting from intensive fish farming.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 17 May 2018

EPA Modelling Fails Macquarie Harbour, Tasmanian Waterways at Risk

The Director of the Environment Protection Authority has admitted modelling of salmon farming impacts on Macquarie Harbour is “flat wrong”, which begs the question of where else across Tasmania their modelling has also been unsuccessful.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 23 March 2018

Opportunity For Salmon Farming Clean Up With New Minister

In her new role, however, Ms Courtney must take responsibility for appropriately regulating the salmon farm industry to protect the marine environment and the jobs it can sustain.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Labor Thumbs Community on Fish Farms

Labor’s fish farm policy is identical to the Liberals in essence. It would continue the short-term smash and grab farming of salmon in inshore waters, harbours and channels.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Greens Launch Plan to Clean Up Fish Farming

Tasmanian salmon farming is operating at an industrial scale, and is planning to double in size.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 11 February 2018

Community Opposed to Storm Bay Fish Farm Expansion

The Storm Bay sea-grab by Huon Aquaculture, Tassal and Petuna will see 19 million square metres of public waters privatised.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 21 January 2018

Liberals' Plan to Expand Salmon Industry at Expense of Community and Environment

The Liberals’ final Salmon Growth Plan released today is a sham, written by industry for industry.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Environment or Economic Protection Agency Overseeing Macquarie Harbour?

The context of the EPA’s meeting to discuss “contingency planning for mass mortalities” in Macquarie Harbour is all wrong.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 1 December 2017

Tassal's "Off-Shore" Spin

Tassal’s so-called “commitment to Tasmania” in moving their operations apparently “off-shore” is simply a PR exercise. It seems to be designed to secure their share price and water down the intense public scrutiny of their activities, and the current court hearings.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 17 November 2017

Macquarie Harbour Waste Announcement

The Greens are relieved wastewater from Tassal’s operations in Macquarie Harbour will not be dumped back into that waterway.  The reason Tassal is not allowed to dump their extra fish waste back into the Harbour is because it has already overstocked their fish pens and caused substantial damage to the marine environment.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 13 November 2017

More NW Fish Farms Without Community Consultation

The Minister for Primary Industries, Jeremy Rockliff’s announcement of Tassal’s exploration of finfish farming operations off eastern King Island is a desperate attempt to create fictional jobs in his home electorate of Braddon.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 8 November 2017

West Coast Community Demand Tassal Remove Macquarie Harbour Waste

The West Coast Council’s unanimous vote against Tassal dumping its salmon waste in Macquarie Harbour is a strong signal the local community won’t accept any further pressure on the harbour or its World Heritage values.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 3 November 2017

Okehampton Bay FinFish Removal Bill Tabled

The Greens’ Bill clarifies that no finfish farming can occur in the Bay in future.  It would protect the East Coast marine environment for future generations of Tasmanians.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 2 November 2017

Tassal's environmental credibility sinks again

The sinking of the Tassal-contracted vessel Dawn Trader, in Okehampton Bay last night, is evidence of the salmon company’s rush to get fish in the water at the expense of its environmental commitments.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 13 October 2017

Revitalised Brand Tasmania Needs to Promote Brand Integrity

The Premier's announced move to transform Brand Tasmania in to a separate statutory authority is a positive, but without a commitment from both the old parties to protecting the brand's integrity, it will only be window dressing.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 9 October 2017

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister for Primary Industries over how many of 2,000 relocated seals have died.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Question  |  Thursday, 21 September 2017

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister how long he will allow male seals to be locked up together before they are released into nearby waters, where they will just swim straight back with the possibility of being killed.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 21 September 2017

Is Archer the Fresh Start the Marine Environment Needs?

New Environment Minister, Elise Archer, has the opportunity to step in where her predecessor didn’t and be the fresh start the Tasmanian marine environment needs.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 5 October 2017

Salmon Industry Growth Plan

Yesterday a broad coalition of people gathered outside this House to condemn the Government's salmon industry growth plan.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Seals at Risk Under Liberals' 'Three Strikes and You're Dead' Policy

The Liberals' announcement they will cease relocating seals to NW Tasmania from Christmas - after the height of seal breeding - is purely political.  They haven't even ruled out seal relocation completely.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 21 September 2017

Liberals and Labor Reject Fish Farming Moratorium

In no surprise to any objective observer of the debate over rapid fish farm expansion, the Liberal and Labor parties voted down the Greens' move for a moratorium until the science and the policy settings protect, rather than degrade, Tasmania's marine environment.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Tassal, Liberals and Labor Need to Start Listening

The Greens will move for a moratorium on fish farm expansion in Parliament this week in a bid to ensure the industry's rapid growth doesn't further degrade the marine environment and shut out affected communities.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 17 September 2017

RTI Confirms Liberals at Behest of Salmon Farming Industry

Three years of correspondence between Primary Industries Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, and salmon farming companies, obtained by the Greens through Right to Information, reveal an all too familiar Tasmanian tale.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 27 August 2017

Salmon Industry Profits at Expense of Marine Environment

RTI documents released yesterday outline exactly how ineffective and damaging the Liberals’ so-called “management” of the salmon industry has been.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 25 August 2017

ReachTEL Poll Confirms Community Opposition to East Coast Fish Farms

ReachTEL polling released today confirms, again, the majority of Tasmanians are behind the East Coast community in their opposition to fish farming at Okehampton Bay.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 24 August 2017

Okehampton Bay Approval Will Not Provide Community Support

The Environment Protection Authority’s announcement they will be increasing monitoring of intensive salmon farming impacts in the clear waters of Okehampton Bay will be no solace for East Coast residents.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Liberals' Unsustainable Salmon Growth Plan

The Liberals' Draft Salmon Industry Growth Plan is an insult to concerned communities, a threat to our marine environment, and a danger to the long-term sustainability of the tourism, fishing and salmon farming industries.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 10 August 2017

Expanded Plans for Okehampton Bay Still Without Support

The expanded plans and greenwash of Tassal’s fish farm operations in Okehampton Bay won’t convince East Coast residents, or the wider Tasmanian community.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Okehampton Bay Boat Vigil a Sign of Strong Community Opposition

There is strong community opposition to Tassal’s proposed salmon farm in Okehampton Bay. Tasmanians of all walks of life want our clear, clean East Coast waters fish farm free.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 27 July 2017

Macquarie Harbour Waste Collection Needs Independent Monitoring

The EPA’s revelation today that there’s been no independent testing of Tassal’s “nappy” waste collection system on their Macquarie Harbour pens, other than a single visual inspection, is a disgrace.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Tasmanian Brand at Risk if Salmon Farming Continues Unchecked

The Liberals’ refusal to properly regulate the salmon farming industry, and their approval of Tassal’s East Coast expansion at Okehampton Bay, is directly threatening the Tasmanian Brand.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 26 June 2017

Liberals and Labor in Lockstep on Fish Farms

In a sign there’s no sliver of light to be seen between the Liberal and Labor parties on fish farm expansion, the two old parties voted together today against the Greens’ No Confidence Motion in Minister Rockliff.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 15 June 2017

When is a 'Ban' Not a Ban?

In Question Time today, the Premier did not deny the so-called ban on fish farming in 99% of Mercury Passage was cooked up in haste late last week to take heat off Minister Rockliff in Estimates last Thursday.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Macquarie Harbour at Risk with Liberals' Untested "Adaptive Management"

The EPA has found Macquarie Harbour can only support a maximum of 12,000 tonnes of salmon. Tassal will have an extra 4,000 tonnes of salmon in the harbour over the next 12 months.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Watering Down Macquarie Harbour License Conditions

The Minister for Primary Industries refused to commit to not changing laws or licence conditions, again, to help Tassal comply with an Aquaculture Stewardship Council order in Question Time today.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017

ASC Condemns Macquarie Harbour Salmon Farming Practices

Tassal has breached 19 Aquaculture Stewardship Council standards in Macquarie Harbour. Dissolved oxygen levels are so low life that calls the harbour home is suffocating.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 19 May 2017

Fish Farming Needs to Be Regulated for the Long Term

Call on the Hodgman Government to drop its single-minded support of short-term corporate interests, and instead ensure the marine environment is protected, there is a strong social license for this industry, and act for the long-term interests of salmonid growers and the Tasmanians they employ.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 4 May 2017

Government Must Respond to Scourge of Fish Farm Debris

In addition to the waste feed and fish faeces polluting the marine environment, which remains largely out of sight, fish farms are creating significant quantities of marine debris.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Fish Farm Debris Unacceptable

I have been contacted now by a wave of constituents in Franklin, particularly from people who live on the Huon River and D'Entrecasteaux, or people who sail on the D'Entrecasteaux.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Further Tassal Fish Deaths in Macquarie Harbour

We have credible information that Tassal has, again, discovered diseased and dead salmon in the low oxygen waters of their Macquarie Harbour operations.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Fish Farming Interests Trump Community Again

An RTI released yesterday shows yet another breach by Tassal of its permit conditions to farm in Macquarie Harbour.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Macquarie Harbour Mess is of Liberals' Making

The reduced biomass cap announced by the EPA yesterday confirms the atrocious state of Macquarie Harbour.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 6 May 2017

LibLabs in Lock Step on Fish Farm Expansion

The Liberal and Labor parties have rejected the Greens' move to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into fish farm expansion in Tasmania, wasting an opportunity to improve management of the industry and abandoning communities concerned about damage to the marine environment.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 3 May 2017

EPA Must Halt Plans to Dredge Macquarie Harbour

The EPA must step in and halt any plans Tassal has to dredge the seabed in Macquarie Harbour.  This would mean serious risks for the marine environment and the surrounding commercial activities.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 3 May 2017

More Allegations of Diseased and Dying Salmon in Macquarie Harbour

The Minister for Primary Industries, unaware of any problems, undertook to seek advice from the Environment Protection Authority.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Rockliff Dismisses Macquarie Harbour Mass Death Evidence

Evidence of yet another permit breach by Tassal in Macquarie Harbour was released yesterday. On top of everything else, a mass fish death in 2015 was not reported in the required time.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Greens Move for Parliamentary Inquiry into Fish Farm Expansion

The Tasmanian Greens have moved to establish a Joint House inquiry into fish farm expansion plans to ensure all stakeholders are heard and independent expert advice guides the industry towards genuine world's best practice.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Greens Launch Candidate for Lyons

The Tasmanian Greens are delighted to announce that Fraser Brindley will be the Greens’ lead candidate for the key seat of Lyons in the upcoming State election.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 30 April 2017

Salmon Farming - Damage to World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour

Yesterday, salmon producer Huon Aquaculture revealed damning evidence that the Macquarie Harbour salmon farming dead zone has spread one kilometre into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Community Objections to Okehampton Bay Fish Farm

At Triabunna Community Hall, on Sunday, around 250 quietly furious Tasmanians gathered to express their strong objection to fish farming in Okehampton Bay.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hodgman Government's Environmental Record

An increasing number of Tasmanians believe the Government has declared war on the environment and Tasmanians are determined to protect it.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Waning Investor Confidence in Salmon Industry

The Australian Ethical Investment super fund decided to sell all its $10 million worth of shares in Tassal given their concerns about the sustainability of the salmon farming industry.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Groom's Refusal to Confirm Salmon Destock After World Heritage Damage

In Question Time today, Environment Minister, Matthew Groom, refused to confirm Tassal will meet the EPA deadline of April 15 and have all their fish out of Franklin lease in Macquarie Harbour.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 13 April 2017

Industry Regulation Needed For Salmon Investment Confidence

Australian Ethical Investment's divestment from Tassal is a slap in the face to the sustainability brand of the Tasmanian farmed salmon industry.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 31 March 2017

Labor and the Liberals Sing the Same Tune on Fish Farm Expansion

The Greens support community calls for fish farming to be truly sustainable, and genuinely 'world's best practice' - closed loop, on-land or far offshore if environmental standards can be significantly improved.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 20 March 2017

Petuna Plan an Admission of Regulation Failure

Petuna Aquaculture’s public call for the EPA to create individual lease-level stocking limits is an admission that the government’s regulatory system is not fair, and is failing to protect Macquarie Harbour.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 17 March 2017

Who are the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel?

Jeremy Rockliff MP asserts his Marine Farming Planning Review Panel has provided independent scientific advice that supports salmon farming in Okehampton Bay.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Liberals Required to Act on TWWHA Damage to Macquarie Harbour

Environment Minister, Matthew Groom must protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from further damage from salmon farming.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Fish Farm Delay a Reprieve for East Coast Residents

East Coast residents will now have the time to provide detailed comments on a controversial jetty proposal in Triabunna, thanks to the Tasmanian Planning Commission's decision to uphold land use planning laws.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 10 March 2017

What is "Oceanic" fish farming?

The Minister is on the record as saying your sustainable growth plan for the salmon farming industry will be oceanic, not estuarine.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 9 March 2017

East Coast Doesn't Want Minister's 'World's Best Practice' Fish Farms

The Marine Farming Planning Review Panel ignored warnings and approved the expansion of salmon farms from annual production of 8 000 tonnes to 29 500 tonnes.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Plenty of Division in Premier's State of the State but No Vision

Parliament was subjected to a stream of self-congratulatory guff from the Premier today, as he delivered his third State of the State address that was big on rhetoric and lacking in substance or vision.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Premier Concedes Tassie Salmon Not "World's Best Practice"

The Premier downgraded his assessment of the salmon industry’s practices as being “very good” in Parliament today.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Community Demands Rockliff Reverse Okehampton Bay Decision

More than 200 people packed the Triabunna Community Hall today to express their anger at the Liberal Government's decision to approve a Tassal fish farm in pristine Okehampton Bay.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 5 March 2017

Salmon Must be Removed from Franklin Lease Now

Government must ensure salmon farming companies know there are serious consequences to breaking environmental protection regulations.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 3 March 2017

Halt Okehampton Bay Until Salmon Mess Cleared Up

Tassal joining Huon Aquaculture in court around the government's industry regulator raises even more issues about the government's regulation of the salmon industry.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 23 February 2017

Fish Farms and Forests - State Election Will be a Referendum on the Environment

As Labor cheers the Liberals on from the opposition benches, only the Greens will be there to stand up for Tasmania's environment and stand with communities determined to protect it.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 23 February 2017

Labor and Liberals United on Okehampton Bay

Labor have finally made their position clear on East Coast salmon industry expansion. They will join the Liberals in backing industry's short-term gains over the marine environment and long-term jobs.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Fish Farm Goal-Shifting

The Minister for Primary Industries, Jeremy Rockliff, has announced he plans to regulate where salmon farm expansions can occur in the future, and it will "most likely be in oceanic waters".
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 19 February 2017

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

Tassal CEO, Mark Ryan, yesterday publicly told Tasmanians that Tassal's operations in Macquarie Harbour had polluted the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 18 February 2017

Okehampton Bay Decision

It's no surprise the Minister's hand-picked panel have agreed with Minister Rockliff and recommended approving Tassal's operations at Okehampton Bay.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 16 February 2017

IMAS Report Confirms Urgent Need for Full Independent Oversight

The IMAS report reveals Macquarie Harbour in a state of environmental collapse, with seriously low oxygen levels.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 9 February 2017

Government Caves to Pressure on IMAS Report

After significant pressure, the government has caved in and released the damning IMAS report on the state of Macquarie Harbour.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Macquarie Harbour Farms Destroy World Heritage Values

By directing the destocking of salmon from the Franklin lease, the EPA has admitted the environmental damage that's occurred to the harbour and the adjoining World Heritage Area.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Government Must Release IMAS Report

Late last year, the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies produced a report for government on the health of Macquarie Harbour.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Huon Aquaculture Legal Action

Huon Aquaculture has launched action in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and Federal Court of Australia because of the Liberal Government’s short-term, opaque and partisan so-called 'regulation' of fish farming in Macquarie Harbour.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 6 February 2017

Tassal Dam at Taxpayers' Expense and Ratepayers' Risk

Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council’s decision to approve the construction of the dam, paid for from a Treasury loan, will means ratepayers are stumping up funds for the next 30 years to benefit a large private company.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Rockliff Hiding Macquarie Harbour Salmon Numbers

The Environment Protection Authority has lowered the maximum concentration of farmed fish in Macquarie Harbour down to 14,000 tonnes per hectare, reduced by one third of what Minister Rockliff approved this time last year.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Tandem Freefall: Parachute Fails For Macquarie Harbour and Fish Farm Industry

A public spat between two CEOs of Tasmania’s largest regional industry employer on ABC radio this morning told us everything about the disastrous state of our salmon farming industry and the marine environment that sustains it.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 1 December 2016

EPA Biomass Reduction an Indictment on Labor and Liberals

The EPA's plan to reduce the number of farmed salmon in Macquarie Harbour by a third is a desperate attempt to save the marine life and farms in that basin from total collapse.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Salmon Farm Expansion Planned for the Mercury Passage and Beyond

Fin-fish farming expansion by Tassal into the east coast marine environment, commencing at Okehampton Bay, has been widely rejected by local residents and shack owners, tourism operators, existing mussel and oyster farmers, abalone divers and recreational fishers.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Protecting Aquaculture Jobs

The recent Four Corners report on our salmon industry raised serious allegations to a national audience about an environmental catastrophe in Macquarie Harbour, deceit around salmon expansion on the east coast and a cosy relationship between your department's regulation and promotion of this industry. 
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Rockliff Under the Spotlight on Salmon

Despite the scathing Four Corners exposé and yesterday's report of significant environmental damage in Macquarie Harbour from the EPA, the government still refuses to do what's needed to protect future jobs in the salmon farming industry.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 16 November 2016

EPA Report Confirms Macquarie Harbour Environmental Catastrophe

The EPA's monitoring data report for salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour is not surprising. It won't be news to anyone who watched the Four Corners' exposé of Tasmania's salmon industry.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Expose Highlights Urgent Need for Salmon Industry Regulation

The scale of revelations on last night's Four Corners exposé of the Tasmanian salmon farming industry are immense.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Liberals Weak on Salmon, Ignore Insider Warnings

News that the State Government have ignored advice from industry about conditions at Macquarie Harbour on three occasions is alarming.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 31 October 2016

Community Speaks as One - Keep the East Coast Fish Farm Free

The controversial Tassal fish farm development at Okehampton Bay on the East Coast has generated nearly 6,000 submissions as part of a public consultation process for the Review, 210 of which are unique submissions from community, scientific and industry groups.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 27 October 2016

Seals At Risk

The Australian fur seal is the world’s fourth rarest seal species, having been hunted to the brink of extinction last century, and is now a wholly protected animal.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Landmark Admission Of Harm By Salmon Industry

The Tasmanian Greens are pleased to hear the acknowledgement by the CEO of Huon Aquaculture, Francis Bender, on ABC Radio 936 that inshore salmon farming is bad for the marine environment, a wedge for local communities, and is damaging its company's reputation.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Rockliff Allowing Salmon Farm Expansion Before Panel's Findings Received

The Minister has requested an independent assessment by the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel of the 20-year-old lease for salmon farming at Okehampton Bay. 
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 22 September 2016

East Coast Development Risk to Marine Environment

Tourism Tasmania and Australia Tourism have pushed for Tasmania in 2017 to focus on “Coastal & Aquatic”, with a particular focus on the East Coast.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 22 September 2016

Moratorium Required on Expansion of Marine Farming

Tassal stated in a recent media statement that they intend to go full-steam ahead with their salmon farming expansion into Okehampton Bay without waiting for the outcome of the Government’s review of the 20 year old lease approval.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Rockliff Silent on Fish Farm Regulation

The Minister for Primary Industries made it clear in Parliament today he has no intention of limiting or stopping the expansion of Tassal onto the East Coast, despite a review that’s still ongoing.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 22 September 2016

Salmon Industry Stitch-Up on Okehampton Bay

Tassal’s statement that they will go full-steam ahead with their expansion into Okehampton Bay, despite the government's review, confirms the worst of the East Coast community’s concerns.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 8 September 2016

Look Below the Waves on Threatened Species Day

Tasmania is known for giant kelp forests and seagrass meadows. State waters have supported the highest known marine plant variety in the world, but recent research shows a sharp decline in biodiversity.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Real Assessment or Fish Farm Free East Coast

The baseline data for Okehampton Bay shared publicly by aquaculture industry owner, Rowan Armitage, is the last nail in the coffin for the planned East Coast fish farm expansion.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Liberals Must Heed Productivity Commission Warning

The Productivity Commission’s draft Report on Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture has identified serious community concern about the poor management of environmental and social impacts of aquaculture in Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 1 September 2016

ASC Fish Farm Stamp of Approval Flawed

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council team’s recommendation that Petuna Seafoods gets a “good stewardship” credit for their Macquarie Harbour fish farms is deeply flawed.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 26 August 2016

Assurances Needed for East Coast on Fish Farms

Minister Rockliff needs to expand the terms of reference for the Marine Farming Planning Review process to focus on the triple-bottom line.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Marine Farming Planning Review Needs Amended Terms of Reference

The Liberal Government fully supports the salmon industries’ plan to aggressively double the size of their industry by 2030.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Proposed Fish Farm Review Just Green-Washing

The Minister for Primary Industries has finally heard the East Coast residents' outrage about the proposed fish farm in Okehampton Bay.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 12 August 2016

Rockliff Rules Out Independent Assessment of East Coast Fish Farm

Today, Minister Rockliff refused to commit to a formal independent assessment of the social impacts of new fish farm leases on the east coast. This is despite acknowledging the need to take out large amounts of fresh water from the local supply for their activities.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 8 June 2016

New Salmon Framework Only First Step

The Greens welcome the move to a more independent body to oversee the monitoring of marine farm discharge. However, the Government's new framework makes no change to the assessment or approval process for developments.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 6 June 2016

Green Light For Unregulated Fish Farm Expansion

Minister Rockliff has ruled out any further assessment of the impacts of fish farming in Okehampton Bay, despite the fact that there’s been no environmental baseline study of salmon farming impacts undertaken for 20 years.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tasmania's Oceans at Significant Risk from Acidification

Calls on the Government to investigate the impact of ocean acidification on Tasmania’s marine environment and seafood industries, and how those impacts are compounded by warming waters, marine pollution, and fish farming.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Liberals Show No Concern for Environment on Fish Farm Expansion

This summer saw a marine heatwave that ran for more than 140 days with temperatures 4.5 degrees warmer than average.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Massive Opposition to Fish Farm Expansion on East Coast

People in Orford are rightly outraged at the lack of communication and complete lack of respect for the community to not have an open and transparent conversation about it.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Salmon Stock Plunge A Climate Change Warning

Tassal's 8% share price drop, and their announcement they'll walk away from two contracts with Coles and Simplot because of supply issues, raises serious questions about the government's ability to manage the long-term sustainability of our salmon industry.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 8 April 2016

Secret Salmon Farm Approvals Threaten East Coast

The government's decision to approve fin-fish farming near Triabunna is a serious threat to the future of the seafood industry and the fragile marine environment on the east coast.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Government dodges Macquarie Harbour fish-farm question

A recent release through right to information confirms that dissolved oxygen levels and subsequent disease outbreaks continue to be a problem for fish farms.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Government dodges Macquarie Harbour fish-farm question

The government needs to make clear what is happening in Macquarie Harbour and release the discussion paper in full.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Macquarie Harbour Fish Farm Questions Remain

Government documents released today demonstrate that fish farms in Macquarie Harbour are still plagued by water quality problems, despite the government brushing aside concerns aired in parliament and the recent Senate inquiry.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 7 September 2015

Better fish farm regulation

The Senate Inquiry Report recommends greater transparency, public release of data and increased funding to planning, monitoring and compliance of the sector.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Senate Committee on Fish Missed the Boat

The Liberals and Labor will be given an opportunity in Parliament this week to put the sustainability of Tasmania's aquaculture industry ahead of short term politics.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 23 August 2015

Marine Farming Concerns Grow

The Greens today formally moved in the House of Assembly for there to be an immediate moratorium placed on any new marine farming licences.
Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Fish Farm Concerns

Tassal’s planned expansion into the southern channel is deeply disturbing.
Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 23 March 2015

Macquarie Harbour Questions Remain

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) must conduct a comprehensive investigation into the current health of Macquarie harbour.
Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Liberals Duck Macquarie Harbour Questions

The Greens have today exposed serious concerns raised within the salmon farm industry about the health of Macquarie Harbour.
Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Waterloo Bay

The Huon Valley Council should reject a Development Application and Planning Scheme amendment for a marine bulk loading facility at Waterloo Bay.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 4 November 2014