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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.

Liberals’ Super Trawler Farce

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

After changing their position before and after the 2014 election, the Liberals brought a bill to Parliament that merely cements existing super trawler regulations into law.

We were disappointed not to see any provision in the Bill to ban super trawlers calling Tasmania home.

On-Island Shellfish Testing Needed

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

Since 2012, the State's shellfish industries have been plagued with paralytic shellfish toxin, resulting in 50 Tasmanian farms being closed this year.

For many oyster growers, this is on top of last Summer's crippling POMS outbreak.

Currently, interstate testing delays mean shellfish are being shipped and served before health notifications are received.

Green Light For Unregulated Fish Farm Expansion

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Minister Rockliff has ruled out any further assessment of the impacts of fish farming in Okehampton Bay, despite the fact that there’s been no environmental baseline study of salmon farming impacts undertaken for 20 years.

In the last 20 years, East Coast waters have become a global warming hotspot. There’s been dramatic changes in that marine environment, as well as in capacity for fisheries.

Abalone Quotas Need Immediate Review

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Fisheries spokesperson

Abalone numbers have been on the decline for years, and the recent marine heatwave has intensified it. Climate change and overfishing have hit divers hard.

Minister Rockliff led Parliament to believe that everything is in hand and it is business as usual. This is in stark contrast to the claims of those at the coalface, who see an industry unable to sustain the current quota limit.

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