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Okehampton Bay Boat Vigil a Sign of Strong Community Opposition

27 Jul 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.

The Greens applaud the peaceful vigil of Chris Massie and the other commercial fishermen, anchored in Okehampton Bay.  Their protest highlights that Tassal’s plans have only had a faux scientific impact assessment, and that they never sought or received a social licence.

Recent polling revealed the extent of community opposition to East Coast fish farms. The majority of Tasmanians don’t want the fish farm expansion on the East Coast, and they are demanding to be heard.

The community aren’t being fooled by Labor or Liberals tinkering around the edges on salmon farming.  They want our clear East Coast waters fish farm free.

Tasmanians have seen the damage under-regulated industrial-scale farming has wrought on Macquarie Harbour, the Huon River, and D’Entrecasteaux Channel.  We need to protect our marine environment, and the industries that rely on it.

Both Labor and the Liberals support Tassal’s planned fish farm at Okehampton Bay.  Neither can be trusted to protect the stunning East Coast from salmon farming pollution.