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Fish Farming Needs to Be Regulated for the Long Term

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 4 May 2017

Tags: Storm Bay, Fish Farms, Okehampton Bay

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

(1) Notes that the Liberal and Labor Parties have both declared themselves to be content with the impacts, regulatory framework, monitoring and enforcement of fish farming in Tasmania, including the projected doubling of the industry.

(2) Understands that residents, recreational fishers, other commercial fishers, tourism operators, and sailors feel shut out of the flawed Okehampton Bay approval, and of decisions for a massive salmon farm that would blanket Storm Bay.

(3) Realises the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP has repeatedly refused to explain why his Department spent two years fighting the release of information about fish deaths not reported by Tassal for weeks, which represents just one example of the secrecy surrounding his management of this industry.

(4) Calls on the Hodgman Government to drop its single-minded support of short-term corporate interests, and instead ensure the marine environment is protected, there is a strong social license for this industry, and act for the long-term interests of salmonid growers and the Tasmanians they employ.