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Expanded Plans for Okehampton Bay Still Without Support

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.  This fish farm, backed in by Labor and the Liberals, isn’t wanted.

Additional mussels and seaweed around the pens in Okehampton Bay won’t mitigate the impacts of this industrial operation on the local community, recreational and commercial fishers, and the tourism industry.

Okehampton Bay Boat Vigil a Sign of Strong Community Opposition

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.

The Greens applaud the peaceful vigil of Chris Massie and the other commercial fishermen, anchored in Okehampton Bay.  Their protest highlights that Tassal’s plans have only had a faux scientific impact assessment, and that they never sought or received a social licence.

Macquarie Harbour Waste Collection Needs Independent Monitoring

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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.

Tassal’s new waste collection technique is unproven and un-trialled, and it’s being used to justify a massive increase in salmon stocking density in what was once a pristine harbour.

Tasmanian Brand at Risk if Salmon Farming Continues Unchecked

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

The Liberals’ refusal to properly regulate the salmon farming industry, and their approval of Tassal’s East Coast expansion at Okehampton Bay, is directly threatening the Tasmanian Brand. 

People are flocking to the State from around the world and injecting billions into the economy because of our clean, green brand. 

Liberals and Labor in Lockstep on Fish Farms

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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.

It was no surprise given their championing of the industry, collective failure to properly regulate it and policies that propose doubling its size by 2030. 

When is a 'Ban' Not a Ban?

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Liberals continue to try to mislead Tasmanians over fish farming expansion on to the East Coast.

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.

Nor did the Premier deny that the dodgy looking map, that was released on Thursday morning, was cooked up in the Premier's media unit.  

Macquarie Harbour at Risk with Liberals’ Untested “Adaptive Management”

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

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

ASC Condemns Macquarie Harbour Salmon Farming Practices

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

ASC has identified four ‘major’ breaches, including a failure to comply with state and federal laws. A single major breach, if not remedied, results in a loss of ASC accreditation.

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