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Macquarie Harbour Mess is of Liberals’ Making

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

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

Macquarie Harbour has dissolved oxygen levels so low there are dead zones under salmon pens, causing risk to threatened species, fish deaths and damage to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the extent of which is still unknown.

LibLabs in Lock Step on Fish Farm Expansion

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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 damage to the marine environment.

Despite the daily evidence of an industry in regulatory chaos and a growing loss of public trust, the Liberals want to double the industry's size by 2030 while Labor remains largely silent on the issue.  

More Allegations of Diseased and Dying Salmon in Macquarie Harbour

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

The Greens raised serious reports of diseased and dead salmon in Tassal’s Macquarie Harbour operations in Parliament today.  The Minister for Primary Industries, unaware of any problems, undertook to seek advice from the Environment Protection Authority.

The Greens have received information that underwater divers are being summoned from across the State to remove dead and diseased salmon from Tassal pens.

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

It's been 148 days since Tassal was ordered to begin destocking their lease.  The order followed evidence of severe damage to the World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour.

Industry Regulation Needed For Salmon Investment Confidence

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Australian Ethical Investment's divestment from Tassal is a slap in the face to the sustainability brand of the Tasmanian farmed salmon industry.  It's evidence that investors have no confidence in this severely under-regulated industry.

Minister Rockliff has to step in immediately to restore investor confidence by regulating the salmon industry for long-term environmental conservation, transparency and accountability.

Liberals Required to Act on TWWHA Damage to Macquarie Harbour

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Parks spokesperson

Environment Minister, Matthew Groom must protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from further damage from salmon farming.  The government is required to intervene under State, Federal and International law.

Dead zones from the salmon industry have reportedly spread a kilometre into the globally significant World Heritage Area. As the Minister for the Environment, Mr Groom must take action.

Fish Farm Delay a Reprieve for East Coast Residents

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

The Commission refused to make a ruling on Tassal’s plans for shore-based infrastructure attached to the controversial Okehampton Bay fish farm lease proceeding.

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

The Premier downgraded his assessment of the salmon industry’s practices as being “very good” in Parliament today.  Not even the Liberals can continue to claim Tasmania's salmon farming industry is “world’s best practice”.

Tasmanians are becoming increasingly aware of the massive, and likely permanent, damage to Macquarie Harbour from intensive fish farming, and the legal action being taken against the government for regulatory mismanagement.  No one's being fooled anymore. 

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