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Okehampton Bay

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

Okehampton Bay Finfish Removal Bill 2017

A Bill for an Act to cancel the marine lease and marine farming licence in Okehampton Bay to the extent that they allow...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Greens Bill  |  29 Nov 2017

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

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

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

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 of Tasmanians.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017

Tassal, Liberals and Labor Need to Start Listening

The Greens will move for a moratorium on fish farm expansion in Parliament this week in a bid to ensure the industry's rapid growth doesn't further degrade the marine environment and shut out affected communities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Sep 2017

RTI Confirms Liberals at Behest of Salmon Farming Industry

Three years of correspondence between Primary Industries Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, and salmon farming companies, obtained by the Greens through Right to Information, reveal an all too familiar Tasmanian tale.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2017

ReachTEL Poll Confirms Community Opposition to East Coast Fish Farms

ReachTEL 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 Environment Protection Authority’s announcement they will be increasing monitoring of intensive salmon farming impacts in the clear waters of Okehampton Bay will be no solace for East Coast residents.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 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. Tasmanians of all walks of life want our clear, clean East Coast waters fish farm free.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jul 2017

Liberals and Labor in Lockstep on Fish Farms

In a sign there’s no sliver of light to be seen between the Liberal and Labor parties on fish farm expansion, the two old parties voted together today against the Greens’ No Confidence Motion in Minister Rockliff.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Jun 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 late last week to take heat off Minister Rockliff in Estimates last Thursday.

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

Fish Farming Needs to Be Regulated for the Long Term

Call on the Hodgman Government to drop its single-minded support of short-term corporate interests, and instead ensure the marine environment is protected, there is a strong social license for this industry, and act for the long-term...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 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, wasting an opportunity to improve management of the industry and abandoning communities concerned about...

Cassy O'Connor 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

Greens Move for Parliamentary Inquiry into Fish Farm Expansion

The Tasmanian Greens have moved to establish a Joint House inquiry into fish farm expansion plans to ensure all stakeholders are heard and independent expert advice guides the industry towards genuine world's best practice.

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

Greens Launch Candidate for Lyons

The Tasmanian Greens are delighted to announce that Fraser Brindley will be the Greens’ lead candidate for the key seat of Lyons in the upcoming State election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Apr 2017

Community Objections to Okehampton Bay Fish Farm

At Triabunna Community Hall, on Sunday, around 250 quietly furious Tasmanians gathered to express their strong objection to fish farming in Okehampton Bay.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Mar 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

Fish Farm Delay a Reprieve for East Coast Residents

East Coast residents will now have the time to provide detailed comments on a controversial jetty proposal in Triabunna, thanks to the Tasmanian Planning Commission's decision to uphold land use planning laws.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Mar 2017

What is "Oceanic" fish farming?

The Minister is on the record as saying your sustainable growth plan for the salmon farming industry will be oceanic, not estuarine.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2017

Over 250 Triabunna Residents Express Opposition to Tassal's East Coast Expansion

I rise to draw the attention of the House to the very large public meeting held in Triabunna last Sunday that I attended, as did the member for Denison, the Leader of the Tasmanian Greens.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Mar 2017

Community and Existing Businesses Concerns Ignored by Liberal's Review

Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP’s approval of fin-fish farming in Okehampton Bay was decried as being a corrupt process, and rejected by some 250 people at a Triabunna public meeting last Sunday 5 March 2017.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 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

More than 200 people packed the Triabunna Community Hall today to express their anger at the Liberal Government's decision to approve a Tassal fish farm in pristine Okehampton Bay.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 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

Labor and Liberals United on Okehampton Bay

Labor have finally made their position clear on East Coast salmon industry expansion. They will join the Liberals in backing industry's short-term gains over the marine environment and long-term jobs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Feb 2017

Fish Farm Goal-Shifting

The Minister for Primary Industries, Jeremy Rockliff, has announced he plans to regulate where salmon farm expansions can occur in the future, and it will "most likely be in oceanic waters".

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

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

Tassal Dam at Taxpayers' Expense and Ratepayers' Risk

Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council’s decision to approve the construction of the dam, paid for from a Treasury loan, will means ratepayers are stumping up funds for the next 30 years to benefit a large private company.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jan 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

Salmon Farm Expansion Planned for the Mercury Passage and Beyond

Fin-fish farming expansion by Tassal into the east coast marine environment, commencing at Okehampton Bay, has been widely rejected by local residents and shack owners, tourism operators, existing mussel and oyster farmers, abalone divers...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016

Treasurer Failing Ratepayers

The 'development at any cost' ethic is widespread across this Liberal Government.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016

Community Speaks as One - Keep the East Coast Fish Farm Free

The controversial Tassal fish farm development at Okehampton Bay on the East Coast has generated nearly 6,000 submissions as part of a public consultation process for the Review, 210 of which are unique submissions from community,...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Oct 2016

Fishy Review Even More Stinky

Minister Rockliff’s self-proclaimed status as a tough and impartial regulator of the salmon farming industry has been dealt a final body blow.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Sep 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 for salmon farming 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 without waiting for the outcome of the Government’s review of the 20 year old lease approval.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Sep 2016

Rockliff Silent on Fish Farm Regulation

The Minister for Primary Industries made it clear in Parliament today he has no intention of limiting or stopping the expansion of Tassal onto the East Coast, despite a review that’s still ongoing.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2016

Salmon Industry Stitch-Up on Okehampton Bay

Tassal’s statement that they will go full-steam ahead with their expansion into Okehampton Bay, despite the government's review, confirms the worst of the East Coast community’s concerns.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Sep 2016

Real Assessment or Fish Farm Free East Coast

The baseline data for Okehampton Bay shared publicly by aquaculture industry owner, Rowan Armitage, is the last nail in the coffin for the planned East Coast fish farm expansion.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 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

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

Marine Farming Planning Review Needs Amended Terms of Reference

The Liberal Government fully supports the salmon industries’ plan to aggressively double the size of their industry by 2030.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 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

Rockliff Rules Out Independent Assessment of East Coast Fish Farm

Today, Minister Rockliff refused to commit to a formal independent assessment of the social impacts of new fish farm leases on the east coast. This is despite acknowledging the need to take out large amounts of fresh water from the local...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 2016

Chilean Algal Blooms Further Evidence of Harms of Fish Farming

Call on the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP to instruct the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment to conduct an independent assessment of the impacts of the proposed Okehampton Bay...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2016

Liberals Show No Concern for Environment on Fish Farm Expansion

This summer saw a marine heatwave that ran for more than 140 days with temperatures 4.5 degrees warmer than average.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2016

Massive Opposition to Fish Farm Expansion on East Coast

People in Orford are rightly outraged at the lack of communication and complete lack of respect for the community to not have an open and transparent conversation about it.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Apr 2016

Salmon Stock Plunge A Climate Change Warning

Tassal's 8% share price drop, and their announcement they'll walk away from two contracts with Coles and Simplot because of supply issues, raises serious questions about the government's ability to manage the long-term sustainability of...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Apr 2016

East Coast Salmon Farm Expansion Concern

The fin-fish farming expansion by Tassal into the east coast marine environment has caused enormous community concern.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Apr 2016