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Macquarie Harbour

Fishfarm Industry Regulation Long Overdue

Media Release - The new Premier has the chance to fix the state’s legislation and clean up fish farming in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Feb 2020

Macquarie Harbour Salmon Escape

Media Release - The Minister for Primary Industries, Guy Barnett, must come clean on reports of mass salmon escapes in degraded Macquarie Harbour. Tasmanians need to know how many salmon have escaped and why.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Dec 2019

Labor's Fish Farming Policy Still Unclear

Media Release - Despite assurances from independent candidates in the Federal Election that Labor would intervene to protect the marine environment in future, last week’s debate in State Parliament puts their confidence in doubt.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 May 2019

Greens Motion - Labor's Position on Fish Farms

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff moves a motion calling on the Labor Party to outline their position on fish farming ahead of the Federal Election.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2019

Labor Must Answer to Coastal Communities on Fish Farm Expansion

Media Release - When given the opportunity to articulate their policy on large-scale fish farm expansion ahead of the Federal Election, Labor failed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2019

Storm Bay Salmon Farm Approval Shows Disrespect for Community, and Science

Media Release - The Liberals’ decision to approve Tassal and Huon Aquaculture’s mass expansion into Storm Bay is a shocking indication of the disregard it holds for community consultation and scientific evidence.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Oct 2018

Stewardship Certification Removal for Macquarie Harbour Salmon Not Surprising

Media Release - 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...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Oct 2018

New Salmon Plan Flounders in Macquarie Harbour

Media Release - Tasmania’s salmon industry has again been let off the leash and back into the waters of Macquarie Harbour which are still recovering from the industry’s rampant expansion.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Jul 2018

Archer Must Explain Decision not to Exit Macquarie Harbour

Media Release - The death of 1.38 million fish in Macquarie Harbour last summer confirms a catastrophic regulatory failure by the EPA and the State Government’s policy directives that govern its activities. This mass salmon death reveals the Liberals’...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 May 2018

Fish Farm Partnership Ignores Environmental Reality

Media Release - Petuna and Tassal’s restructured operations in Macquarie Harbour may temporarily quell nervous shareholders, but will do nothing to fix the fundamentals of a severely degraded ecosystem resulting from intensive fish farming.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 May 2018

EPA Modelling Fails Macquarie Harbour, Tasmanian Waterways at Risk

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 23 Mar 2018

Environment or Economic Protection Agency Overseeing Macquarie Harbour?

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Dec 2017

Macquarie Harbour Waste Announcement

Media Release - 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...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Nov 2017

West Coast Community Demand Tassal Remove Macquarie Harbour Waste

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 Nov 2017

Is Archer the Fresh Start the Marine Environment Needs?

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Oct 2017

Salmon Industry Profits at Expense of Marine Environment

Media Release - RTI documents released yesterday outline exactly how ineffective and damaging the Liberals’ so-called “management” of the salmon industry has been.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Aug 2017

Macquarie Harbour Waste Collection Needs Independent Monitoring

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 Jul 2017

Macquarie Harbour at Risk with Liberals' Untested "Adaptive Management"

Media Release - The EPA has found Macquarie Harbour can only support a maximum of 12,000 tonnes of salmon. Tassal will have an extra 4,000 tonnes of salmon in the harbour over the next 12 months.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2017

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Watering Down Macquarie Harbour License Conditions

Media Release - The Minister for Primary Industries refused to commit to not changing laws or licence conditions, again, to help Tassal comply with an Aquaculture Stewardship Council order in Question Time today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 May 2017

ASC Condemns Macquarie Harbour Salmon Farming Practices

Media Release - Tassal has breached 19 Aquaculture Stewardship Council standards in Macquarie Harbour. Dissolved oxygen levels are so low life that calls the harbour home is suffocating.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 May 2017

Fish Farm Debris Unacceptable

Parliamentary Activity - I have been contacted now by a wave of constituents in Franklin, particularly from people who live on the Huon River and D'Entrecasteaux, or people who sail on the D'Entrecasteaux.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 2017

Further Tassal Fish Deaths in Macquarie Harbour

Parliamentary Activity - We have credible information that Tassal has, again, discovered diseased and dead salmon in the low oxygen waters of their Macquarie Harbour operations.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 2017

LibLabs in Lock Step on Fish Farm Expansion

Media Release - 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...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 May 2017

EPA Must Halt Plans to Dredge Macquarie Harbour

Media Release - The EPA must step in and halt any plans Tassal has to dredge the seabed in Macquarie Harbour.  This would mean serious risks for the marine environment and the surrounding commercial activities.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 2017

More Allegations of Diseased and Dying Salmon in Macquarie Harbour

Media Release - The Minister for Primary Industries, unaware of any problems, undertook to seek advice from the Environment Protection Authority.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 2017

Rockliff Dismisses Macquarie Harbour Mass Death Evidence

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 May 2017

Salmon Farming - Damage to World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM[10.30 a.m.]

- 15 Mar 2017

Groom's Refusal to Confirm Salmon Destock After World Heritage Damage

Media Release - In Question Time today, Environment Minister, Matthew Groom, refused to confirm Tassal will meet the EPA deadline of April 15 and have all their fish out of Franklin lease in Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Apr 2017

Industry Regulation Needed For Salmon Investment Confidence

Media Release - Australian Ethical Investment's divestment from Tassal is a slap in the face to the sustainability brand of the Tasmanian farmed salmon industry.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Mar 2017

Labor and the Liberals Sing the Same Tune on Fish Farm Expansion

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' LeaderThis morning Tasmania's new Labor Leader had the opportunity to tell Tasmanians that Labor is prepared to enter the 21st century on key environmental issues such as fish farm expansion. Unfortunately,...

- 20 Mar 2017

Petuna Plan an Admission of Regulation Failure

Media Release - Petuna Aquaculture’s public call for the EPA to create individual lease-level stocking limits is an admission that the government’s regulatory system is not fair, and is failing to protect Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Mar 2017

Liberals Required to Act on TWWHA Damage to Macquarie Harbour

Media Release - Environment Minister, Matthew Groom must protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from further damage from salmon farming.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Mar 2017

Reply to Premier's Address - Government Declares War on the Environment

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise to give my response to the Premier's Address. I am going to focus my address on the state of the environment, this Government's declared war on the environment, and talk about the impacts that...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Mar 2017

Salmon Must be Removed from Franklin Lease Now

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonMinister Rockliff and the EPA need to step in and enforce their own orders on the Franklin lease in Macquarie Harbour.  Government must ensure salmon farming companies know there are...

- 3 Mar 2017

Halt Okehampton Bay Until Salmon Mess Cleared Up

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonTassal joining Huon Aquaculture in court around the government's industry regulator raises even more issues about the government's regulation of the salmon industry.

- 23 Feb 2017

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

Media Release - Tassal CEO, Mark Ryan, yesterday publicly told Tasmanians that Tassal's operations in Macquarie Harbour had polluted the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Feb 2017

IMAS Report Confirms Urgent Need for Full Independent Oversight

Media Release - The IMAS report reveals Macquarie Harbour in a state of environmental collapse, with seriously low oxygen levels.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Feb 2017

Government Caves to Pressure on IMAS Report

Media Release - After significant pressure, the government has caved in and released the damning IMAS report on the state of Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 8 Feb 2017

Government Must Release IMAS Report

Media Release - Late last year, the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies produced a report for government on the health of Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Feb 2017

Huon Aquaculture Legal Action

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonHuon Aquaculture has launched action in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and Federal Court of Australia because of the Liberal Government’s short-term, opaque and partisan so-called '...

- 6 Feb 2017

Rockliff Hiding Macquarie Harbour Salmon Numbers

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonThe Environment Protection Authority has lowered the maximum concentration of farmed fish in Macquarie Harbour down to 14,000 tonnes per hectare, reduced by one third of what Minister...

- 18 Jan 2017

Tandem Freefall: Parachute Fails For Macquarie Harbour and Fish Farm Industry

Media Release - A public spat between two CEOs of Tasmania’s largest regional industry employer on ABC radio this morning told us everything about the disastrous state of our salmon farming industry and the marine environment that sustains it.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Dec 2016

EPA Biomass Reduction an Indictment on Labor and Liberals

Media Release - The EPA's plan to reduce the number of farmed salmon in Macquarie Harbour by a third is a desperate attempt to save the marine life and farms in that basin from total collapse.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Nov 2016

Rockliff Under the Spotlight on Salmon

Media Release - Despite the scathing Four Corners exposé and yesterday's report of significant environmental damage in Macquarie Harbour from the EPA, the government still refuses to do what's needed to protect future jobs in the salmon farming industry.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Nov 2016

EPA Report Confirms Macquarie Harbour Environmental Catastrophe

Media Release - The EPA's monitoring data report for salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour is not surprising. It won't be news to anyone who watched the Four Corners' exposé of Tasmania's salmon industry.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Nov 2016

Liberals Weak on Salmon, Ignore Insider Warnings

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonNews that the State Government have ignored advice from industry about conditions at Macquarie Harbour on three occasions is alarming.  It puts Macquarie Harbour's marine environment,...

- 31 Oct 2016

Look Below the Waves on Threatened Species Day

Media Release - Tasmania is known for giant kelp forests and seagrass meadows. State waters have supported the highest known marine plant variety in the world, but recent research shows a sharp decline in biodiversity.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Sep 2016

ASC Fish Farm Stamp of Approval Flawed

Media Release - The Aquaculture Stewardship Council team’s recommendation that Petuna Seafoods gets a “good stewardship” credit for their Macquarie Harbour fish farms is deeply flawed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Aug 2016

Government dodges Macquarie Harbour fish-farm question

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF The recent release through right to information of a departmental discussion paper about Macquarie Harbour water quality confirms that dissolved oxygen levels...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Sep 2015

Government dodges Macquarie Harbour fish-farm question

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonMinister Rockcliff refused to answer a question today about why critical sections of a departmental discussion paper on Macquarie Harbour water quality were censored before being...

- 16 Sep 2015

Cawthron Report Just First Step

Media Release - The government is finally releasing information about water quality problems in Macquarie Harbour, with the publication of the Cawthron review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Sep 2015