Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson
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.
While HAC have confirmed more than 100,000 salmon escaped, and are still being caught as far as Carlton River some four months later, it's unclear how many more died in those storms. After initially refusing to accept the number of escapees, there are still more questions unanswered.
The industry's silence over the salmon escapes is further evidence it is effectively regulating itself.
The government are calling on the industry to be more transparent, but don’t seem to realise they're actually the ones running the show.
It's not good enough for the Head of the EPA to ask nicely for more information from industry. Minister Courtney should be demanding information, and regulating the salmon farming industry appropriately.
The community have no faith that the same salmon spill won't happen again. Nothing has changed since May.
If Tasmanians are to have faith in the industry, and for it to be sustainable into the future, we need a moratorium on fish farm expansions until it’s properly regulated, and we get the science right.