Clean up Fish Farms




Intensive fish farming in coastal areas is one of the greatest threats to Tasmania's marine values. While the industry started small, at just 53 tonnes a year in 1983, it now produces 40,000 tonnes a year and has plans to double production by 2030.  

The main reason open pen salmon farming damages the marine environment is because the industry doesn't bother to capture its waste - which just settles on the sea floor and enters the water column. Waste produced by salmon farming includes uneaten fish food, fish faeces and urine and organic matter from net-cleaning. 

Environment Tasmania is not against salmon farming, we just want the Government to regulate it properly to make sure fish farms don't go into areas that are high conservation value and can't support the amount of pollution salmon farming leaves in the ocean. Unfortunately, the industry is currently looking to expand into important conservation areas - like Tassie's stunning Sapphire Coast.



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  • commented 2016-11-08 07:56:28 +1100
    Whilst I am not Tasmanian, I visit the State every year and have an interest to ensure the State does not lose it’s image of clean and green. Fish farming to those who do not fish or dive is great for the State in terms of employment and revenue. To those who dive especially near the pens, the sea floor is a wasteland, excuse the pun. What appears to be a shallow yellow cloud is in fact a shroud many metres deep and is the result of defecation, uneaten food etc. Once on the bottom, do not expect to see abs, scallops or fish as these areas are bereft of such marine life. Now Tassal are going to expand into Okehampton and as a result, that will be the end of marine life in the area. I understand the Government does not want to have all those currently working in the salmon industry,unemployed if they pull the pin on the current methodology of salmon farming, however, you cannot have your cakeand eat it. If Tassie want to retain their clean and green status as a a food supplier, then the Government will have to bite the bullet and change the manner in which salmon farmers do business.
  • commented 2016-09-21 10:55:26 +1000
    Intensive salmon fish farming will double production by 2030 and currently producers dump the faeces and fish food wastes into pristine Tasmanian waters. These farms should implement clean up processes that dont cause damage to our coastline marine environments. The stunning Sapphire Coast including marine plants and animals as well as tourism businesses and others require protection from industrial scale waste.
  • commented 2016-09-20 16:39:47 +1000
    I feel ashamed that so many millions of fellow Australians are unaware of this fish faeces and organic matter from net cleaning or uneaten fish food polluting the once pristine coastline of Tasmania and threatening the stunning Sapphire Coast as it is about to double production by 2030.
    They must implement a method of capturing their own waste urgently!
  • commented 2016-09-20 15:45:38 +1000
    Why are you, the Tasmanian Government, condoning poisoning the waters of a beautiful coastline? Oh wait, it’s all about the money, isn’t it?
  • commented 2016-09-08 18:02:12 +1000
    This organisation is a total joke, why not have a look at the regulation of the Tasmanian aquaculture industry and compare it to those across the world. This work was actually done for you during the 2015 Senate Inquiry. Normal Tasmanians need proper jobs and development, go back to university or join a debating group and leave the Aquaculture industry alone. If this industry leaves Tasmania people like Beccy Hubbard and Laura Kelly will be to blame!