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

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Tags: Oxygen Levels, Fish Farms

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

(1) Understands that in 2012, the conservation movement and others, including a former salmon farmer, opposed the 360 per cent increase in salmon farm production that was approved for Macquarie Harbour because of concerns about the lack of science to demonstrate that this expansion would be sustainable.

(2) Acknowledges that the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel ignored those warnings and approved the expansion of salmon farms from annual production of 8 000 tonnes to 29 500 tonnes.

(3) Notes that the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP's regulatory framework and monitoring regime that he has repeatedly assured Tasmanians is “comprehensive and robust” and “comparable to world's best practice” has overseen a state where Macquarie Harbour is at point of ecological collapse, with catastrophically low dissolved oxygen levels throughout the basin; one lease site virtually devoid of life out to at least half a kilometre from the cages; and inevitable damage to world heritage values, including the maugean skate.

(4) Understands that we have witnessed an unfolding catastrophe in the Harbour, as a result of corrupted regulatory processes, culminating the Minister for Primary Industries and Water and the Director of the EPA being sued by industry for failing to regulate to protect the Harbour.

(5) Calls on the Government to listen to the East Coast Community who doesn’t want the Minister to export his world’s best practice in shore fish farming chaos to the East Coast.