A promise of change from Tassal, conservationists need details

Environment Tasmania has cautiously welcomed Tassal’s commitment to transition to offshore farming, but has questions about the date for withdrawal from the companies Tinderbox and Okehampton Bay leases and the size of its new Storm Bay farming area.

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Murky waters - lack of transparency clouds Petuna's Macquarie Harbour waste announcement

Environment Tasmania has responded to today's announcement by Petuna that they will install waste traps at their Macquarie Harbour operations, with requests that the EPA immediately release reports that show the impacts of these waste traps on biosecurity, fish welfare and the environment - with sufficient data to meet basic professional reporting standards.

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TasWater wears Tassal’s Macquarie Harbour waste

Tasmania’s peak environment group has welcomed Tassal’s retreat from plans to dump their waste back into Macquarie Harbour, but is calling on TasWater to urgently disclose the terms of their waste deal with Australia's largest fisheries company, including the contents of waste to be discharged through the public sewage system.

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Rockliff bungles Tassal's King Island expansion

Environment Tasmania has renewed calls for a moratorium on industrial salmon farming expansion, following today’s announcement by Fisheries Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, that Tassal has been granted a permit to explore expansion of its operations off King Island on Tasmania’s North West.

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ET commends West Coast Councillors for blocking Tassal’s waste dump

Environment Tasmania welcomes today’s statement by West Coast Council that it does not support Tassal’s proposal to dump their treated fish farming waste back into Macquarie Harbour.

“Good on these Councillors for standing up to Tassal and acting to protect Macquarie Harbour from further damage,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania.

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Environment Tasmania welcomes Environment Minister’s concerns on Tassal waste dump

Tasmania's peak environment group has welcomed comments made today by new Environment Minister, Elise Archer, that the Government is “not comfortable” with Tassal’s plans to dump waste into Macquarie Harbour, one of Australia’s largest industrial salmon farming regions on Tasmania’s west coast.

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Macquarie Harbour dead zones persist

Environment Tasmania is calling on the Tasmanian EPA to take immediate action to reduce salmon numbers in Macquarie Harbour, following today’s release of the latest research by IMAS showing that marine dead zones and bacteria mats persist at three leases within the Harbour and there has been no recovery of marine life at dead zones in deeper waters of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

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Tassal to discharge waste back into Macquarie Harbour

Tasmania’s peak environment group will raise objections to Tassal’s proposal to discharge waste back into Macquarie Harbour, following the company’s application to the Commonwealth Government for approval under the EPBC Act to return the treated contents of its waste traps back into the damaged waterway. 

“It is perplexing that Tassal has applied to return the waste it has captured from the damaged Macquarie Harbour straight back into the Harbour,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania.

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ET demands Tassal rule out a cull of protected seals

Tasmania’s peak environment group has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s move to ban salmon companies from relocating seals beyond their leases, but is calling for a clear commitment from Tassal and the Hodgman Government that this won’t lead to an increase in seal euthanizations.

“Government should have moved years ago to stop this harmful practice so we welcome the ban. But does this mean Tassal will speed-up investment in seal proofing their pens? If not then the company needs to make a clear, public commitment that it won’t be culling protected fur seals,” says Laura Kelly, Environment Tasmania.

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David versus Goliath: Tasmanian environment groups demand an end to salmon certifier's conflict of interest

Today Environment Tasmania will release an open letter signed by seventeen local environment groups, demanding an end to conflicts of interest within the so-called independent Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certification scheme for salmon.

In a David versus Goliath battle, these small environment groups are demanding that the global environment group, WWF, cease taking up to $500,000 a year from Tassal, the largest salmon company in Australia.

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