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Fish Farm Expansion

Greens Launch Plan to Clean Up Fish Farming

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson

Tasmanian salmon farming is operating at an industrial scale, and is planning to double in size. Both Labor and the Liberals have allowed the companies to write their own rules and expansion plans for a great carve up of public waterways. 

The consequences of the rapid expansion of fish farms on the marine environment and the community has been disastrous.

Community Opposed to Storm Bay Fish Farm Expansion

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson

The Storm Bay sea-grab by Huon Aquaculture, Tassal and Petuna will see 19 million square metres of public waters privatised. Tassal is planning a new lease site with 64 pens west of Wedge Island, with Petuna moving in alongside Betsy Island and Huon Aquaculture expanding off North Bruny Island.

The Storm Bay salmon industry expansion is the equivalent to 1,138 Sydney Cricket Grounds.

Okehampton Bay FinFish Removal Bill Tabled

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

As Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson, I was proud to table the Okehampton Bay Finfish Removal Bill*. Our Bill would cancel the finfish farming marine lease and marine farming licence 236 that provides authority for Tassal to farm salmon in Okehampton Bay.

The Greens’ Bill clarifies that no finfish farming can occur in the Bay in future.  It would protect the East Coast marine environment for future generations of Tasmanians.

Liberals and Labor Reject Fish Farming Moratorium

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

In no surprise to any objective observer of the debate over rapid fish farm expansion, the Liberal and Labor parties voted down the Greens' move for a moratorium until the science and the policy settings protect, rather than degrade, Tasmania's marine environment.

A moratorium on the industry's rapid expansion into fragile inshore marine areas makes complete sense from an environmental, social and economic perspective. 

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