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Greens Release Plan to Protect Tasmania’s Marine Environment

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Sunday, 18 April 2021

Tags: Marine Environment, Fish Farms, Environment

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Lutruwita/Tasmania has one of the most biologically diverse marine environments on the planet. 

Our waterways, however, are critically threatened by poor management, over-development, industrial fish farming, and continuing warming waters. The Greens’ plan to protect Tasmania’s waterways tackles this head on. 

Our plan recommits Tasmania to Marine Protected Areas, creating no-take sanctuaries and nurseries for fish and marine creatures, in total 10 per cent of our State’s waters. The Greens know we need fish populations to survive into the future and have invested in their survival. 

A critical part of protecting the State’s marine environment is addressing the impacts of industrial fish farming on marine life and communities. We know the salmon industry must be land-based and closed-loop, and we commit to transitioning the industry and the workers it employs to this sustainable pathway. 

Tasmania’s coastline is fragile and increasingly impacted by climate changes, and we will establish a Coasts Management Unit in DPIPWE to fund and support Coastcare, and to manage impacts into the future. 

As an island community, our coasts are precious. The Greens’ marine environment policy protects the waterways that make lutruwita/Tasmania so special, so that future generations can continue to enjoy our diverse and abundant marine life. 

You can read the Greens’ plan here -