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Marine Safety Chief Warns of Fish Farm Debris Fatality Risk

Tasmania’s marine safety chief has reiterated his fears a boat user will be killed if they do not remove floating debris in waterways.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Feb 2020

EPA Evidence Confirms Failure of Independent Fish Farm Regulation

Decisions about fish farms are not being made at arm’s length from ministers, and the EPA is independent in name only.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 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

Fin Fish Farming in Tasmania Inquiry

Tasmanian greens submission to Legislative Council Sessional Committee Government Administration A Sub-Committee, Fin Fish Farming in Tasmania Inquiry.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  29 Nov 2019

Clean up Fish Farming

The Tasmanian Greens support a moratorium on fish farming until appropriate regulations are in place.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Policies  |  19 Feb 2018

Marine-Related Incidents (Marpol Implementation) Bill 2019

This bill will replace the outdated Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Act 1987, and give effect to the MARPOL Convention.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2019

Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

I rise tonight to read some initial comments to the House about the international panel on climate change special report.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2019

Greens Welcome Long Delayed Container Deposit Scheme

The Greens welcome news that the government is finally planning to implement a container deposit scheme for Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2019

Liberals' Climate Denial Budget

After the hottest summer in the state’s history the Liberals have delivered a climate denial Budget.  

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 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 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

New Fish Farm Regulations Lock Out Communities

The new fish farm regulations that come into force today* confirm the fears held by many coastal communities.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2019

Petuna's Storm Bay Expansion Approval Compromised

Minister Barnett’s approval of the Storm Bay North Marine Farming Development Plan is completely compromised.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Apr 2019

Leaked Letter Confirms Corrupted Approval Process for Storm Bay Expansion

Leaked correspondence has confirmed there has been a corrupted process governing the approval of fish farm expansion into Storm Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Feb 2019

Barnett Gives Himself an "A" on Salmon

It’s laughable for the newest Minister for Primary Industries to give the internal annual review of the Salmon Growth Plan a terrific score.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Feb 2019

Oil Rig Biosecurity Concerns Remain

There are serious questions about the Ocean Monarch oil rig, and what action will be taken.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2019

Good Riddance to the Ocean Monarch

After 11 weeks of sustained public concern and criticism about the risk it presented to our marine environment, the oil rig has finally departed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jan 2019

Ocean Monarch Oil Rig, Threat to Marine Environment

Diamond Offshore's Ocean Monarch oil rig has been drilling for gas in Bass Strait and is now anchored in the Derwent River near the entrance to Ralphs Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2018

Marine Farm Planning Review Panel - Resignation of Members

Rosalie questions the Minister over the resignation of Marine Farm Planning Review Panel members Professor Barbara Novak and Ms Louise Cherry.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Nov 2018

Barnett Refuses to Release Resignation Letter

The Minister for Primary Industries, Guy Barnett, refused to release the resignation letter of two key scientists from the Marine Farming Review Panel.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Nov 2018

Liberals Must Release Marine Farming Panel Report

Without seeing the Panel’s report, you can’t escape the conclusion the approval of the salmon industry’s privatisation of Storm Bay was a done deal.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Oct 2018

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

Liberals Playing Favourites on Salmon a Risk to Shellfish and Wild Fisheries

It’s destructive for the Hodgman Government to continue to play favourites with the salmon industry above - and at the cost of - others.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 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

Courtney Must Act on Seal Cruelty

Thousands of Australian fur seals are being shot by ‘beanbag’ bullets, underwater explosives, injured, blinded, deafened - and killed in some cases.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Oct 2018

Norfolk Bay Salmon Farm Shock Galvanises Locals

The Norfolk Bay lease has been approved as a salmon harvesting site by the EPA today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2018

Norfolk Bay Zombie Salmon Lease Provokes Community Outrage

Huon Aquaculture’s move to open a zombie finfish lease in Norfolk Bay for their POMV-infected salmon is a retrograde step.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Aug 2018

Courtney Dodges Question on Mass Salmon Escape and Seal Deaths

The Minister for Primary Industries, Sarah Courtney, dodged questions in Parliament on reports of mass salmon escapes and seal deaths.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 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

Opportunity For Salmon Farming Clean Up With New Minister

In her new role Ms Courtney must take responsibility for regulating the salmon farm industry to protect the marine environment and the jobs it can sustain.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2018

Greens Launch Plan to Clean Up Fish Farming

Tasmanian salmon farming is operating at an industrial scale, and is planning to double in size.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2018

Petuna Not on Pathway to Sustainability

Petunia’s proposed marine farming zone off Betsey Island will complete a plastic curtain around Storm Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Dec 2017

Liberals' Plan to Expand Salmon Industry at Expense of Community and Environment

The Liberals’ final Salmon Growth Plan released today is a sham, written by industry for industry.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Dec 2017

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

Tassal's "Off-Shore" Spin

Tassal’s so-called “commitment to Tasmania” in moving their operations apparently “off-shore” is simply a PR exercise.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2017

More NW Fish Farms Without Community Consultation

Minister Rockliff’s announcement of Tassal’s exploration off King Island is a desperate attempt to create fictional jobs in his home electorate of Braddon.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Nov 2017

Okehampton Bay FinFish Removal Bill Tabled

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister for Primary Industries over how many of 2,000 relocated seals have died.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Sep 2017

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

The Minister has ruled out relocating seals to the north-west of Tasmania starting in December, but not relocations completely.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Sep 2017

Is Archer the Fresh Start the Marine Environment Needs?

New Environment Minister, Elise Archer, has the opportunity to be the fresh start the Tasmanian marine environment needs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Oct 2017

Salmon Industry Growth Plan

Yesterday a broad coalition of people gathered outside this House to condemn the Government's salmon industry growth plan.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2017

Seals at Risk Under Liberals' 'Three Strikes and You're Dead' Policy

The Liberals' announcement they will cease relocating seals to NW Tasmania from Christmas - after the height of seal breeding - is purely political.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2017

Liberals and Labor Reject Fish Farming Moratorium

In no surprise the Liberal and Labor parties voted down the Greens' move for a moratorium until the science and the policy settings protect.

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

ASC Breach Shows Liberals' Failed Regulations

Tassal’s Macquarie Harbour operations have failed to meet the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s minimum standards for a third year running.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Sep 2017

RTI Confirms Liberals at Behest of Salmon Farming Industry

The Greens' RTI confirms the Liberals are at the beck and call of the salmon farming industry, and independent oversight and regulation is almost nonexistent.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 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

ReachTEL Poll Confirms Community Opposition to East Coast Fish Farms

Polling released today confirms, again, the majority of Tasmanians are behind the East Coast community in their opposition to fish farming at Okehampton Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2017

Okehampton Bay Approval Will Not Provide Community Support

The EPA’s announcement they will be increasing monitoring of intensive salmon farming impacts in the waters of Okehampton Bay will be no solace for residents.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Aug 2017

Strong Greens Franklin Ticket for State Election

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of talented and committed candidates in Franklin in the upcoming State Election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Aug 2017

Liberals' Unsustainable Salmon Growth Plan

The Draft Salmon Industry Growth Plan is an insult to concerned communities, a threat to our marine environment, and a danger to long-term sustainability.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Aug 2017

Expanded Plans for Okehampton Bay Still Without Support

The expanded plans and greenwash of Tassal’s fish farm operations in Okehampton Bay won’t convince East Coast residents, or the wider Tasmanian community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Aug 2017

Okehampton Bay Boat Vigil a Sign of Strong Community Opposition

There is strong community opposition to Tassal’s proposed salmon farm in Okehampton Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jul 2017

Macquarie Harbour Waste Collection Needs Independent Monitoring

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jul 2017

When is a 'Ban' Not a Ban?

In Question Time today, the Premier did not deny the so-called ban on fish farming in 99% of Mercury Passage was cooked up in haste.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Jun 2017

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

Instead of forcing Tassal to remove fish, they’ve been allowed to set up tarps under cages to capture thousands of tonnes of fish faeces.

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.

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 is suffocating.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2017

Fish Farm Debris Unacceptable

They have been shocked to encounter over the recent months an increasing amount of marine debris that is fish farm refuse.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2017

Macquarie Harbour Mess is of Liberals' Making

The reduced biomass cap announced by the EPA yesterday confirms the atrocious state of Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 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.

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.

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2017

Greens Move for Parliamentary Inquiry into Fish Farm Expansion

The Tasmanian Greens have moved to establish a Joint House inquiry into fish farm expansion.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2017

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

Minister 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

Liberals' Super Trawler Farce

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 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

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

Petuna Plan an Admission of Regulation Failure

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2017

Fish Farm Delay a Reprieve for East Coast Residents

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Mar 2017

Premier Concedes Tassie Salmon Not "World's Best Practice"

The Premier downgraded his assessment of the salmon industry’s practices as being “very good” in Parliament today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Mar 2017

Community Demands Rockliff Reverse Okehampton Bay Decision

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2017

Halt Okehampton Bay Until Salmon Mess Cleared Up

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Feb 2017

Labor and Liberals United on Okehampton Bay

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Feb 2017

Fish Farm Goal-Shifting

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Feb 2017

Okehampton Bay Decision

It's no surprise the Minister's hand-picked panel have agreed with Minister Rockliff and recommended approving Tassal's operations at Okehampton Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 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

Macquarie Harbour Farms Destroy World Heritage Values

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

Rockliff Hiding Macquarie Harbour Salmon Numbers

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Jan 2017

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2016

Rockliff Under the Spotlight on Salmon

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

EPA Report Confirms Macquarie Harbour Environmental Catastrophe

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2016

Expose Highlights Urgent Need for Salmon Industry Regulation

The scale of revelations on last night's Four Corners exposé of the Tasmanian salmon farming industry are immense.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 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

Scouts Back Greens' Call for Cash For Containers

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Oct 2016

Rockliff Allowing Salmon Farm Expansion Before Panel's Findings Received

The Minister has requested an independent assessment by the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel of the 20-year-old lease at Okehampton Bay. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

Moratorium Required on Expansion of Marine Farming

Tassal stated in a recent media statement that they intend to go full-steam ahead with their salmon farming expansion into Okehampton Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Sep 2016

Rockliff Silent on Fish Farm Regulation

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2016

Look Below the Waves on Threatened Species Day

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Sep 2016

Real Assessment or Fish Farm Free East Coast

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Sep 2016

Liberals Must Heed Productivity Commission Warning

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Sep 2016

Assurances Needed for East Coast on Fish Farms

Minister Rockliff needs to expand the terms of reference for the Marine Farming Planning Review process to focus on the triple-bottom line.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2016

Proposed Fish Farm Review Just Green-Washing

The Minister for Primary Industries has finally heard the East Coast residents' outrage about the proposed fish farm in Okehampton Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Aug 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

The Greens have discussed our energy strategy on numbers of occasions in this House since we tabled it early this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Rockliff Rules Out Independent Assessment of East Coast Fish Farm

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 2016

New Salmon Framework Only First Step

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2016

Green Light For Unregulated Fish Farm Expansion

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2016

Abalone Quotas Need Immediate Review

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.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2016

Salmon Stock Plunge A Climate Change Warning

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Apr 2016

Tasmanian marine parks need a boost

Tasmania has more coastline per unit area than any other state in Australia.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Oct 2015

Marine deaths unacceptable

The Seafish Tasmanian vessel the Geelong Star is responsible for the deaths of 26 protected animals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Oct 2015

Macquarie Harbour Fish Farm Questions Remain

Government documents released today demonstrate that fish farms in Macquarie Harbour are still plagued by water quality problems.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Sep 2015

Time to ban gillnet fishing

Recreational gillnet fishing is banned in most other Australian states because it results in deaths of seabirds, mammals and fish that are discarded.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Aug 2015

Senate Committee on Fish Missed the Boat

The Liberals and Labor will be given an opportunity in Parliament this week to put the sustainability of Tasmania's aquaculture industry ahead of politics.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Aug 2015