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Stewardship Certification Removal for Macquarie Harbour Salmon Not Surprising

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

News the last two salmon companies left farming in Macquarie Harbour are pre-emptively removing their Aquaculture Stewardship Council eco-branding from products as we head into a hot El Niño summer is not surprising - especially given 1.35 million fish died there last year. 

EPA Modelling Fails Macquarie Harbour, Tasmanian Waterways at Risk

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson

The Director of the Environment Protection Authority has admitted modelling of salmon farming impacts on Macquarie Harbour is “flat wrong”, which begs the question of where else across Tasmania their modelling has also been unsuccessful.

The recent fish disease outbreaks, hundreds of thousands of fish deaths, and years-long lack of oxygen in the harbour speak of a regulatory system that has utterly failed the marine environment and the salmon industry it could support.

Environment or Economic Protection Agency Overseeing Macquarie Harbour?

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson

The context of the EPA’s meeting to discuss “contingency planning for mass mortalities” in Macquarie Harbour is all wrong.

The EPA have acknowledged the harbour’s severely low oxygen levels are worse than last year, and as harbour waters continue to warm and higher numbers of diseased fish present, we desperately need an environmentally-focussed plan for the marine mass-mortality. By every measure, Macquarie Harbour has been stocked well past its limit.

Macquarie Harbour Waste Announcement

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

The Greens are relieved wastewater from Tassal’s operations in Macquarie Harbour will not be dumped back into that waterway.  The reason Tassal is not allowed to dump their extra fish waste back into the Harbour is because it has already overstocked their fish pens and caused substantial damage to the marine environment.

West Coast Community Demand Tassal Remove Macquarie Harbour Waste

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

The West Coast Council’s unanimous vote against Tassal dumping its salmon waste in Macquarie Harbour is a strong signal the local community won’t accept any further pressure on the harbour or its World Heritage values.

Tassal is using an untested waste capture method beneath its pens so it can stock an extra 4,000 tonnes of fish above the harbour limit previously set by the Environment Protection Authority.

Is Archer the Fresh Start the Marine Environment Needs?

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Tasmania’s marine environment is at a crossroads, due to the rapid, unchecked expansion of the inshore salmon farming industry. Macquarie Harbour’s dissolved oxygen levels are at the same catastrophically low levels now as they were this time last year. 

New Environment Minister, Elise Archer, has the opportunity to step in where her predecessor didn’t and be the fresh start the Tasmanian marine environment needs. 

Salmon Industry Profits at Expense of Marine Environment

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

RTI documents released yesterday outline exactly how ineffective and damaging the Liberals’ so-called “management” of the salmon industry has been. While the industry trumpeted its record profits, it was less willing to admit those profits were helped by flagrant breaches of government regulations.  

Macquarie Harbour Waste Collection Needs Independent Monitoring

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

The EPA’s revelation today that there’s been no independent testing of Tassal’s “nappy” waste collection system on their Macquarie Harbour pens, other than a single visual inspection, is a disgrace.

Tassal’s new waste collection technique is unproven and un-trialled, and it’s being used to justify a massive increase in salmon stocking density in what was once a pristine harbour.

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