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Macquarie Harbour

Fishfarm Industry Regulation Long Overdue

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Feb 2020

Macquarie Harbour Salmon Escape

Minister Barnett must come clean on reports of mass salmon escapes in degraded Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Dec 2019

Labor's Fish Farming Policy Still Unclear

Despite assurances that Labor would intervene to protect the marine environment, last week’s debate in State Parliament puts their confidence in doubt.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2019

Labor's Position on Fish Farms

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2019

Labor Must Answer to Coastal Communities on Fish Farm Expansion

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 May 2019

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

The Liberals’ decision to approve mass expansion into Storm Bay shows the disregard they hold for community consultation and scientific evidence.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2018

Stewardship Certification Removal for Macquarie Harbour Salmon Not Surprising

It is mischievous for Petuna to claim catastrophically low oxygen levels have “nothing to do with the way in which we operate our marine farms."

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Oct 2018

New Salmon Plan Flounders in Macquarie Harbour

Tasmania’s salmon industry has again been let off the leash and back into the waters of Macquarie Harbour.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Jul 2018

Archer Must Explain Decision not to Exit Macquarie Harbour

The death of 1.38 million fish in Macquarie Harbour last summer confirms a catastrophic regulatory failure by the EPA.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 May 2018

Fish Farm Partnership Ignores Environmental Reality

Petuna and Tassal’s restructured operations in Macquarie Harbour may temporarily quell nervous shareholders.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 May 2018

EPA Modelling Fails Macquarie Harbour, Tasmanian Waterways at Risk

The Director of the Environment Protection Authority has admitted modelling of salmon farming impacts on Macquarie Harbour is “flat wrong”.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2018

Environment or Economic Protection Agency Overseeing Macquarie Harbour?

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2017

Macquarie Harbour Waste Announcement

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  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2017

West Coast Community Demand Tassal Remove Macquarie Harbour Waste

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  |  Media Release  |  3 Nov 2017

Is Archer the Fresh Start the Marine Environment Needs?

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  |  Media Release  |  5 Oct 2017

Salmon Industry Profits at Expense of Marine Environment

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Aug 2017

Macquarie Harbour Waste Collection Needs Independent Monitoring

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  |  Media Release  |  4 Jul 2017

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

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  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2017

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Watering Down Macquarie Harbour License Conditions

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  |  Media Release  |  24 May 2017

ASC Condemns Macquarie Harbour Salmon Farming Practices

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  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2017

Fish Farm Debris Unacceptable

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2017

Further Tassal Fish Deaths in Macquarie Harbour

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2017

Fish Farming Interests Trump Community Again

An RTI released yesterday shows yet another breach by Tassal of its permit conditions to farm in Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2017

LibLabs in Lock Step on Fish Farm Expansion

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  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2017

EPA Must Halt Plans to Dredge Macquarie Harbour

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  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2017

More Allegations of Diseased and Dying Salmon in Macquarie Harbour

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2017

Rockliff Dismisses Macquarie Harbour Mass Death Evidence

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  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2017

Salmon Farming - Damage to World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour

Yesterday, salmon producer Huon Aquaculture revealed damning evidence that the Macquarie Harbour salmon farming dead zone has spread one kilometre into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Mar 2017

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

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  |  Media Release  |  13 Apr 2017

Industry Regulation Needed For Salmon Investment Confidence

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  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2017

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

The Greens support community calls for fish farming to be truly sustainable, and genuinely 'world's best practice' - closed loop, on-land or far offshore if environmental standards can be significantly improved.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2017

Petuna Plan an Admission of Regulation Failure

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  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2017

Liberals Required to Act on TWWHA Damage to Macquarie Harbour

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2017

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

This Government has declared war on the environment, and talk about the impacts that is having on the marine and the land environment that we need to sustain us and will sustain any hope of long-term jobs in this state.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Mar 2017

Salmon Must be Removed from Franklin Lease Now

Government must ensure salmon farming companies know there are serious consequences to breaking environmental protection regulations.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Mar 2017

Halt Okehampton Bay Until Salmon Mess Cleared Up

Tassal joining Huon Aquaculture in court around the government's industry regulator raises even more issues about the government's regulation of the salmon industry.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Feb 2017

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

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  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2017

IMAS Report Confirms Urgent Need for Full Independent Oversight

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Feb 2017

Government Caves to Pressure on IMAS Report

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Feb 2017

Government Must Release IMAS Report

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Feb 2017

Huon Aquaculture Legal Action

Huon 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 'regulation' of fish farming in Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2017

Rockliff Hiding Macquarie Harbour Salmon Numbers

The 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 Rockliff approved this time last year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Jan 2017

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

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  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2016

EPA Biomass Reduction an Indictment on Labor and Liberals

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  |  Media Release  |  30 Nov 2016

Protecting Aquaculture Jobs

The recent Four Corners report on our salmon industry raised serious allegations to a national audience about an environmental catastrophe in Macquarie Harbour, deceit around salmon expansion on the east coast and a cosy relationship...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016

Rockliff Under the Spotlight on Salmon

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  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

EPA Report Confirms Macquarie Harbour Environmental Catastrophe

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  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2016

Liberals Weak on Salmon, Ignore Insider Warnings

News that the State Government have ignored advice from industry about conditions at Macquarie Harbour on three occasions is alarming.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Oct 2016

Look Below the Waves on Threatened Species Day

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  |  Media Release  |  7 Sep 2016

ASC Fish Farm Stamp of Approval Flawed

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  |  Media Release  |  26 Aug 2016

Government dodges Macquarie Harbour fish-farm question

A recent release through right to information confirms that dissolved oxygen levels and subsequent disease outbreaks continue to be a problem for fish farms.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2015

Government dodges Macquarie Harbour fish-farm question

The government needs to make clear what is happening in Macquarie Harbour and release the discussion paper in full.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2015

Cawthron Report Just First Step

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Sep 2015

Macquarie Harbour Questions Remain

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) must conduct a comprehensive investigation into the current health of Macquarie harbour.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  4 Mar 2015

Liberals Duck Macquarie Harbour Questions

The Greens have today exposed serious concerns raised within the salmon farm industry about the health of Macquarie Harbour.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  3 Mar 2015