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Tassal, Liberals and Labor Need to Start Listening

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Greens will move for a moratorium on fish farm expansion in Parliament this week in a bid to ensure the industry's rapid growth doesn't further degrade the marine environment and shut out affected communities.

With East Coast locals rallying on the water at Okehampton Bay today, it's obvious Tassal has no social license to operate in the clean, clear waters of the East Coast.

Expanded Plans for Okehampton Bay Still Without Support

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

The expanded plans and greenwash of Tassal’s fish farm operations in Okehampton Bay won’t convince East Coast residents, or the wider Tasmanian community.  This fish farm, backed in by Labor and the Liberals, isn’t wanted.

Additional mussels and seaweed around the pens in Okehampton Bay won’t mitigate the impacts of this industrial operation on the local community, recreational and commercial fishers, and the tourism industry.

Okehampton Bay Boat Vigil a Sign of Strong Community Opposition

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

There is strong community opposition to Tassal’s proposed salmon farm in Okehampton Bay. Tasmanians of all walks of life want our clear, clean East Coast waters fish farm free.

The Greens applaud the peaceful vigil of Chris Massie and the other commercial fishermen, anchored in Okehampton Bay.  Their protest highlights that Tassal’s plans have only had a faux scientific impact assessment, and that they never sought or received a social licence.

Tasmanian Brand at Risk if Salmon Farming Continues Unchecked

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

The Liberals’ refusal to properly regulate the salmon farming industry, and their approval of Tassal’s East Coast expansion at Okehampton Bay, is directly threatening the Tasmanian Brand. 

People are flocking to the State from around the world and injecting billions into the economy because of our clean, green brand. 

Liberals and Labor in Lockstep on Fish Farms

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In a sign there’s no sliver of light to be seen between the Liberal and Labor parties on fish farm expansion, the two old parties voted together today against the Greens’ No Confidence Motion in Minister Rockliff.

It was no surprise given their championing of the industry, collective failure to properly regulate it and policies that propose doubling its size by 2030. 

When is a 'Ban' Not a Ban?

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Liberals continue to try to mislead Tasmanians over fish farming expansion on to the East Coast.

In Question Time today, the Premier did not deny the so-called ban on fish farming in 99% of Mercury Passage was cooked up in haste late last week to take heat off Minister Rockliff in Estimates last Thursday.

Nor did the Premier deny that the dodgy looking map, that was released on Thursday morning, was cooked up in the Premier's media unit.  

LibLabs in Lock Step on Fish Farm Expansion

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Liberal and Labor parties have rejected the Greens' move to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into fish farm expansion in Tasmania, wasting an opportunity to improve management of the industry and abandoning communities concerned about damage to the marine environment.

Despite the daily evidence of an industry in regulatory chaos and a growing loss of public trust, the Liberals want to double the industry's size by 2030 while Labor remains largely silent on the issue.  

Rockliff Dismisses Macquarie Harbour Mass Death Evidence

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

Evidence of yet another permit breach by Tassal in Macquarie Harbour was released yesterday.  On top of everything else, a mass fish death in 2015 was not reported in the required time.

In Question Time this morning, the Minister for Primary Industries showed no indication he will be enforcing salmon farming regulations.  This is despite the mass fish death event in Macquarie Harbour, and the accompanying concerns raised within his own Department.

Greens Move for Parliamentary Inquiry into Fish Farm Expansion

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Tasmanian Greens have moved to establish a Joint House inquiry into fish farm expansion plans to ensure all stakeholders are heard and independent expert advice guides the industry towards genuine world's best practice.

We recognise growing community concern about the planned expansion of fish farms in to pristine East Coast waters and across Storm Bay.  The Greens share that concern and a determination to ensure Tasmanian's marine environment is protected for all to enjoy.

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