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Moratorium Required on Expansion of Marine Farming

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Tags: Environment, Marine Environment, Tassal, Fish Farms, Okehampton Bay, Tourism

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.

(2)           Understands that the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP has undermined the legitimacy of his Government’s own review by stating, in the context of whether the project could proceed before the review was complete, that “there is a valid marine farming lease and licence approved for finfish at Okehampton Bay”.

(3)           Acknowledges that it is now apparent the Minister has created a faux review process that is a stitch-up by the industry to make the Government look like tough regulators, when in reality, the industry remains in charge.

(4)           Recognises this Government continues to put the interests of the salmon farming industry ahead of all other industries, the community and the environment.

(5)           Understands that the Government’s cosy relationship with the salmon farming industry puts at risk our stressed marine environment, our bird and seal life, our clean beaches and waterways, and it damages other commercial industries and the clean green brand that the tourism industry explicitly trades on.

(6)           Calls on the Government to impose a moratorium on further fish farm development anywhere in Tasmanian waters until a comprehensive environmental impact assessment is undertaken of impacts on the aquatic environment of the proposed doubling of the industry, and a regulatory framework is established that ensures the salmon farming industry is accountable to the Tasmanian community.