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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

Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Full transcript of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.
Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Full transcript of the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.
Thursday, 17 October 2019
Treasurer Peter Gutwein refused to rule out committing further public funding to bail out the now-precarious Twamley Dam and Prosser pipeline construction projects on the drought-ridden East Coast.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment to call on the minister to provide information of the death a seal at Dennes Point.
Sunday, 1 September 2019
In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest. Instead, Labor Leader, Rebecca White, is playing silly political games while the planet burns.
Saturday, 4 May 2019
Despite assurances from independent candidates in the Federal Election that Labor would intervene to protect the marine environment in future, last week’s debate in State Parliament puts their confidence in doubt.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Rosalie Woodruff moves a motion calling on the Labor Party to outline their position on fish farming ahead of the Federal Election.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
When given the opportunity to articulate their policy on large-scale fish farm expansion ahead of the Federal Election, Labor failed.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
The new fish farm regulations that come into force today* confirm the fears held by many coastal communities.
Thursday, 11 April 2019
Rosalie Woodruff responds to the announcement that the Government will be approving a large fish farm off Betsy Island in Storm Bay.
Thursday, 11 April 2019
Minister Barnett’s approval of the Storm Bay North Marine Farming Development Plan, enabling large scale industrial fish farming south of Betsy Island in Storm Bay, is completely compromised.
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
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. If only that was the case.
Monday, 25 February 2019
The leaked correspondence from the two former members of the government’s Marine Farm Planning Review Panel has confirmed there has been a corrupted process governing the approval of the massive fish farm expansion into Storm Bay.
Wednesday, 13 February 2019
It’s laughable for the newest Minister for Primary Industries, Guy Barnett, to give the internal annual review of the Salmon Growth Plan a terrific score. The question on everyone’s lips must surely be “who did he speak to?” when he undertook the review?
Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr 
BARNETT

You admitted yesterday that Professor Barbara Novak and Ms Louise Cherry 
had written to you outlining their reasons for resigning from the Marine 
Farm Planning Review Panel. Is it true that one reason they gave was that 
the Storm Bay assessment lacked basic relevant scientific information, and 
was another reason that the panel only exists for the operational 
convenience of the fish farming industry?

Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Under questioning from the Greens in Parliament today, the Minister for Primary Industries, Guy Barnett, refused to release the resignation letter of two key scientists from the Marine Farming Review Panel. Their resignation letter was sent just after the Storm Bay fish farm expansion was recommended for approval.
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Today, right across Storm Bay and South-East Tasmania, people are asking themselves about the former-Minister for Primary Industries and her relationship with the Secretary of DPIPWE and what impact that may have had on the decision to allow fish farm expansion in Storm Bay. 
Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Premier Hodgman’s decision to approve Tassal and Huon Aquaculture’s mass expansion into Storm Bay is a shocking indication of his government’s disregard for the community. He has an obligation to locals, commercial and recreational fishers, and all Tasmanians to release the final report of the Marine Farming Panel.
Monday, 29 October 2018
The Liberals’ decision to approve Tassal and Huon Aquaculture’s mass expansion into Storm Bay is a shocking indication of the disregard it holds for community consultation and scientific evidence.
Monday, 22 October 2018
The Australia Institute report into aquaculture and fishing in Tasmania released today highlights how severely the government has undervalued the contribution of the shellfish and wild-catch fish industries. It’s destructive for the Hodgman Government to continue to play favourites with the salmon industry above - and at the cost of - others.
Sunday, 14 October 2018
News the last two salmon companies left farming in Macquarie Harbour are pre-emptively removing their Aquaculture Stewardship Council eco-branding from products as we head into a hot El Niño summer is not surprising - especially given 1.35 million fish died there last year.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Huon Aquaculture have finally confirmed 120,000 salmon escaped from their pens in the May storms this year. When the Greens questioned how many hundreds of thousands of fish had escaped into the local marine environment, and what impact they might have, they denied it was the case.
Friday, 17 August 2018
Huon Aquaculture’s installation of salmon pens in Norfolk Bay, without public consultation or independent assessment of social and marine impacts, has angered and frustrated Southern Beaches and Tasman Peninsula residents. 
Friday, 10 August 2018
Huon Aquaculture’s move to open a zombie finfish lease in Norfolk Bay for their POMV-infected salmon, without public consultation or an impact assessment is a retrograde step.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank the Minister for Planning for reminding us and recording in Hansard that indeed the Greens have concerns with some corrupted planning processes that have been used around the Cambria Green development.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Dr WOODRUFF question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Tuesday, 22 May 2018
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.
Thursday, 17 May 2018
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.
Friday, 23 March 2018
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.
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
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.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
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.
Sunday, 11 February 2018
Tasmanian salmon farming is operating at an industrial scale, and is planning to double in size.
Sunday, 21 January 2018
The Storm Bay sea-grab by Huon Aquaculture, Tassal and Petuna will see 19 million square metres of public waters privatised.
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
The Liberals’ final Salmon Growth Plan released today is a sham, written by industry for industry.
Friday, 1 December 2017
The context of the EPA’s meeting to discuss “contingency planning for mass mortalities” in Macquarie Harbour is all wrong.
Friday, 17 November 2017
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.
Monday, 13 November 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

In his hasty celebration, Minister Rockliff’s failed – again – to talk to the local community about the impacts it will have on their lives, livelihoods and environment.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

Tassal is using an untested waste capture method beneath its pens so it can stock an extra 4,000 tonnes of fish above the harbour limit previously set by the Environment Protection Authority.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

As Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson, I was proud to table the Okehampton Bay Finfish Removal Bill*. Our Bill would cancel the finfish farming marine lease and marine farming licence 236 that provides authority for Tassal to farm salmon in Okehampton Bay.

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.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF

[10.15 a.m.]

You ruled out relocating seals to the north-west of Tasmania starting in December, after the height of the seal breeding season, but not to relocations completely.  This sounds like an election protection policy for your members in Braddon, where Mr Brooks apparently only woke up to the issue a short time after putting up his last billboard.

Members interjecting.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Tasmania’s marine environment is at a crossroads, due to the rapid, unchecked expansion of the inshore salmon farming industry. Macquarie Harbour’s dissolved oxygen levels are at the same catastrophically low levels now as they were this time last year. 

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. 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens’ Animal Welfare spokesperson

 

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

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.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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.

A moratorium on the industry's rapid expansion into fragile inshore marine areas makes complete sense from an environmental, social and economic perspective. 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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.

With East Coast locals rallying on the water at Okehampton Bay today, it's obvious Tassal has no social license to operate in the clean, clear waters of the East Coast.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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. 

Far from arm's length, the tone of most of the correspondence is one of familiarity, bullying and Ministerial acquiescence.  The salmon farming industry says 'jump' and the Liberals say 'how high?'.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

RTI documents released yesterday outline exactly how ineffective and damaging the Liberals’ so-called “management” of the salmon industry has been. While the industry trumpeted its record profits, it was less willing to admit those profits were helped by flagrant breaches of government regulations.  

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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. It does nothing to solve the basic problem that the pens are in the wrong place.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.  This fish farm, backed in by Labor and the Liberals, isn’t wanted.

Additional mussels and seaweed around the pens in Okehampton Bay won’t mitigate the impacts of this industrial operation on the local community, recreational and commercial fishers, and the tourism industry.

Thursday, 27 July 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.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.

Tassal’s new waste collection technique is unproven and un-trialled, and it’s being used to justify a massive increase in salmon stocking density in what was once a pristine harbour.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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. 

People are flocking to the State from around the world and injecting billions into the economy because of our clean, green brand. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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.

It was no surprise given their championing of the industry, collective failure to properly regulate it and policies that propose doubling its size by 2030. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Liberals continue to try to mislead Tasmanians over fish farming expansion on to the East Coast.

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.

Nor did the Premier deny that the dodgy looking map, that was released on Thursday morning, was cooked up in the Premier's media unit.  

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

Instead of forcing Tassal to remove those fish, they’ve been allowed to set up tarps under cages to capture thousands of tonnes of fish faeces.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

ASC has identified four ‘major’ breaches, including a failure to comply with state and federal laws. A single major breach, if not remedied, results in a loss of ASC accreditation.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

The reduced biomass cap announced by the EPA yesterday confirms the atrocious state of Macquarie Harbour. 

Macquarie Harbour has dissolved oxygen levels so low there are dead zones under salmon pens, causing risk to threatened species, fish deaths and damage to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the extent of which is still unknown.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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.

Despite the daily evidence of an industry in regulatory chaos and a growing loss of public trust, the Liberals want to double the industry's size by 2030 while Labor remains largely silent on the issue.  

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

The Greens raised serious reports of diseased and dead salmon in Tassal’s Macquarie Harbour operations in Parliament today.  The Minister for Primary Industries, unaware of any problems, undertook to seek advice from the Environment Protection Authority.

The Greens have received information that underwater divers are being summoned from across the State to remove dead and diseased salmon from Tassal pens.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.

In Question Time this morning, the Minister for Primary Industries showed no indication he will be enforcing salmon farming regulations.  This is despite the mass fish death event in Macquarie Harbour, and the accompanying concerns raised within his own Department.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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.

We recognise growing community concern about the planned expansion of fish farms in to pristine East Coast waters and across Storm Bay.  The Greens share that concern and a determination to ensure Tasmanian's marine environment is protected for all to enjoy.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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.

With its strong communities and immense natural wealth, we believe Lyons deserves Green representation at the State level. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM
[10.30 a.m.]

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
[10.22 a.m.]

Can you understand why an increasing number of Tasmanians believe your Government has declared war on the environment and Tasmanians determined to protect it? Is picking fights and ignoring community concerns over high conservation value forests, fish farm expansions, development in wilderness areas and the cable car, to name a few, the core of your election strategy?

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

It's been 148 days since Tassal was ordered to begin destocking their lease.  The order followed evidence of severe damage to the World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Australian Ethical Investment's divestment from Tassal is a slap in the face to the sustainability brand of the Tasmanian farmed salmon industry.  It's evidence that investors have no confidence in this severely under-regulated industry.

Minister Rockliff has to step in immediately to restore investor confidence by regulating the salmon industry for long-term environmental conservation, transparency and accountability.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

This morning Tasmania's new Labor Leader had the opportunity to tell Tasmanians that Labor is prepared to enter the 21st century on key environmental issues such as fish farm expansion. Unfortunately, Rebecca White failed to take that opportunity.

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.  

Friday, 17 March 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

As it stands, there’s no incentive for companies to farm salmon at sustainable levels because their competitors can overstock without any penalty.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

The Commission refused to make a ruling on Tassal’s plans for shore-based infrastructure attached to the controversial Okehampton Bay fish farm lease proceeding.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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.

Having savagely cut the Health and Education budgets in his government's first year, the Premier now wants Tasmanians to believe Health and Education are key priorities of his government.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

The Premier downgraded his assessment of the salmon industry’s practices as being “very good” in Parliament today.  Not even the Liberals can continue to claim Tasmania's salmon farming industry is “world’s best practice”.

Tasmanians are becoming increasingly aware of the massive, and likely permanent, damage to Macquarie Harbour from intensive fish farming, and the legal action being taken against the government for regulatory mismanagement.  No one's being fooled anymore. 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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.

While not a single Liberal or Labor MP, State or Federal, had the courage to show up, the Greens Environment spokesperson, Rosalie Woodruff and I were there.  The meeting overwhelmingly, by a show of hands, called on Jeremy Rockliff to reverse his decision.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

Minister Rockliff and the EPA need to step in and enforce their own orders on the Franklin lease in Macquarie Harbour.  Government must ensure salmon farming companies know there are serious consequences to breaking environmental protection regulations.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

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.

Salmon farming in Tasmania is in chaos.  The government has to stop the Okehampton Bay development, and clean up their environmental and regulatory mess.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

With fish farming approved in East Coast waters despite the threat of environmental harm and community opposition, and loggers to be unleashed on High Conservation Value forests, the Liberals are making the next State Election 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.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

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.

After avoiding the media for three days, Labor have backed the decision to farm salmon in Okehampton Bay. 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

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".

The timing of this announcement is very convenient for one salmon company. The Minister’s hand-picked Panel has just approved an expansion by Tassal to the warm inshore waters of the East Coast, and a day later he announces he will regulate the “sustainable growth of the industry” into oceanic areas.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

The IMAS report reveals Macquarie Harbour in a state of environmental collapse, with seriously low oxygen levels.  It highlights the damage to World Heritage values, the dead zones under lease sites and an increase in invasive species.

The report confirms that regulation of salmon farming in Tasmania is in dire need of independent regulation. 

Full independence means removing lease approvals and expansions from the Minister and his hand-picked Marine Farming Planning Review Panel.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

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.

This shows the depth of the Liberals’ failure to act responsibly and in the long-term interests of regional jobs.  It also demonstrates the government's unwillingness to heed warnings, even from industry itself.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

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.

Glamorgan-Spring Bay is a small council and this Treasury loan will increase their net debt by 1000%, from $661,000 to $6.6 million.

It’s an unfortunately typical Tasmanian tale of private companies working behind closed government doors, on a deal where taxpayers pick up the tab.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

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.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

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.

This morning in State Parliament, the Minister for Primary Industries, Jeremy Rockliff, once again showed his blind industry expansion agenda.  What he doesn't understand is that what’s good for the environment, is good for industry. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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.

The EPA reported the impact of salmon farm excrement remains "visually significant" at compliance areas 35 metres away from the exterior of lease sites.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The scale of revelations on last night's Four Corners exposé of the Tasmanian salmon farming industry are immense.  It exposed the State Government wilfully pushing industry expansion at the cost of long-term jobs and the marine environment.

Last night's exposé revealed the persistent refusal of government to put regulations in place for the salmon industry.  Regulations would limit fallout on the marine environment, and safeguard jobs in one of Tasmania's largest employing, regional sectors.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

News that the State Government have ignored advice from industry about conditions at Macquarie Harbour on three occasions is alarming.  It puts Macquarie Harbour's marine environment, and the aquaculture industry's sustainability at risk.

Tonight's ABC’s Four Corners program will present evidence that the Hodgman Government refused to act on Huon Aquaculture’s requests to step in and protect the industry.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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.

We welcome Ms Bender's statement that the future for the industry has to be offshore farming.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the recent media statement by Tassal 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.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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.

This proves that the Minister for Primary Industries has created a faux review process. It was clearly an industry stitch-up to make the government look like they’re tough regulators.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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.

Much of Tasmania's distinctive wildlife below the waves is now officially threatened, at risk from overfishing, farming, pollution, and climate change. Divers on the East Coast report they no longer see strands of our once mighty giant kelp forests.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016
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.
Thursday, 1 September 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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. It points the finger of blame at the State Government's novel regulation of the industry. 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council team’s recommendation that Petuna Seafoods gets a “good stewardship” credit for their Macquarie Harbour fish farms is deeply flawed.

The ASC stamp of approval is despite many non-compliances, no independent testing, and inconsistencies with publically available data elsewhere. They didn't talk to environmental stakeholders, and only relied on data supplied by the company itself.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Minister Rockliff needs to expand the terms of reference for the Marine Farming Planning Review process to focus on the triple-bottom line. It should include a proper and independent assessment of the social, environmental and economic impacts of fish farms.

The salmon farming industry has said publicly that it intends to double the size of its industry by 2030. That can't be at the expense of our marine environment and other industries.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Understands that the Liberal Government fully supports the salmon industries’ plan to aggressively double the size of their industry by 2030 and that the east coast community widely believe the Okehampton Bay lease is just a wedge to expand Tassal’s growth into the Mercury Passage and beyond.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The Minister for Primary Industries has finally heard the East Coast residents' outrage about the proposed fish farm in Okehampton Bay.

If Minister Rockliff is serious about community and market confidence then he needs to step in with a more rigorous triple-bottom line process. Instead of indulging in green-washing, as he’s proposed.

The Marine Farming Planning Review process that will review Tassal’s expansion into Okehampton Bay is a toothless tiger. It was designed by industry, for industry.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016
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.
Monday, 6 June 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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.

Given the industry is planning to double its output by 2030, this is a serious missed opportunity to improve Tasmania's marine farming practices and make the industry more accountable.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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.

In the last 20 years, East Coast waters have become a global warming hotspot. There’s been dramatic changes in that marine environment, as well as in capacity for fisheries.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that hundreds of marine scientists from around the world are currently gathered in Hobart at the 4thInternational Congress in a High-Carbon Dioxide World Symposium.

(2)           Acknowledges that:—

(a)           ocean acidification is occurring faster than at any time in the past 50 million years; and

(b)           this increase in acidification is caused by human induced carbon dioxide emissions.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tuesday 26 April 2016

ADJOURNMENT SPEECH

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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.

Fish-farm approvals are being made by Minister Rockliff in secrecy, without the opportunity for public consultation about the science or the risks.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF
 
The recent release through right to information of a departmental discussion paper about Macquarie Harbour water quality confirms that dissolved oxygen levels and subsequent disease outbreaks continue to be a problem for fish farms despite the Government dismissing these concerns when they were raised by the previous member for Bass, Kim Booth, and in the recent Senate Inquiry. Why was the entire section on stocking densities in the report redacted?
Monday, 7 September 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment discussion paper was released under Right to Information, but details about stocking density in fish farms were deleted.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

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.

We will move to bring marine farming under the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and out of the hands of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE.

Greens Bills

Okehampton Bay Finfish Removal Bill 2017

Bill Status: Negatived

A Bill for an Act to cancel the marine lease and marine farming licence in Okehampton Bay to the extent that they allow for finfish farming, to prohibit future finfish farming in Okehampton Bay, and for related purposes.

Submissions

Fin Fish Farming in Tasmania Inquiry

Tasmanian greens submission to Legislative Council Sessional Committee Government Administration A Sub-Committee, Fin Fish Farming in Tasmania Inquiry.

Policies

Clean up Fish Farming

The Tasmanian Greens support a moratorium on fish farming until appropriate regulations are in place.