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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.

Greens Launch Plan to Clean Up Fish Farming

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson

Tasmanian salmon farming is operating at an industrial scale, and is planning to double in size. Both Labor and the Liberals have allowed the companies to write their own rules and expansion plans for a great carve up of public waterways. 

The consequences of the rapid expansion of fish farms on the marine environment and the community has been disastrous.

Community Opposed to Storm Bay Fish Farm Expansion

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson

The Storm Bay sea-grab by Huon Aquaculture, Tassal and Petuna will see 19 million square metres of public waters privatised. Tassal is planning a new lease site with 64 pens west of Wedge Island, with Petuna moving in alongside Betsy Island and Huon Aquaculture expanding off North Bruny Island.

The Storm Bay salmon industry expansion is the equivalent to 1,138 Sydney Cricket Grounds.

Tassal’s “Off-Shore” Spin

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Tassal’s so-called “commitment to Tasmania” in moving their operations apparently “off-shore” is simply a PR exercise. It seems to be designed to secure their share price and water down the intense public scrutiny of their activities, and the current court hearings.

RTI Confirms Liberals at Behest of Salmon Farming Industry

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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. 

Far from arm's length, the tone of most of the correspondence is one of familiarity, bullying and Ministerial acquiescence.  The salmon farming industry says 'jump' and the Liberals say 'how high?'.

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.  

ReachTEL Poll Confirms Community Opposition to East Coast Fish Farms

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.

Tassal is preparing to set up pens in Okehampton Bay, but salmon farming in the Mercury Passage has never had public support and the approval process was corrupted.

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