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Salmon Farm Expansion Planned for the Mercury Passage and Beyond

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Tags: Fish Farms, Tassal, Mercury Passage, Okehampton Bay

That the House:—

(1) Notes the fin-fish farming expansion by Tassal into the east coast marine environment, commencing at Okehampton Bay, has been widely rejected by local residents and shack owners, tourism operators, existing mussel and oyster farmers, abalone divers and recreational fishers.

(2) Acknowledges the revelations on Four Corners that a document, dated 2016, stated Spring Bay Seafoods would facilitate Tassal’s expansion into the Mercury Passage.

(3) Recognises this confirms the widely held fear that the Okehampton Bay lease is just a wedge to expand Tassal’s future growth into the Mercury Passage and beyond.

(4) Understands, these revelations highlight the conflict of interest of the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP who also has control over 
decisions about promoting this industry’s growth to double its current size.

(5) Recognises that some salmon companies are telling the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, our clean green brand is on the line and that the health of our marine environment supports thousands of rural aquaculture jobs.

(6) Calls on the Government to place a moratorium on fish farm expansion until the approval of new salmon farm developments are moved into our independent resource management planning system.