Premier bans Tassal from east coast – without banning their east coast salmon farm

Tasmania’s peak environment group has questioned the usefulness of Premier Hodgman’s east coast salmon ban, which fails to ban the only industrial farm currently planned for the east coast – Tassal’s 4000 tonnes Okehampton Bay development.

“Premier Hodgman has announced a ban on east coast salmon farming without banning the only planned east coast salmon farm,” said Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania

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#FloatMOTasmania

FloatMo!

What is it: a huge, peaceful flotilla and rally to send Tassal and the Premier a clear message – it’s not okay to out an industrial salmon farm in Okehampton Bay.

Why’s it called FloatMo?: Because it’s on at the same time as Dark Mofo – which does the opposite of what Tassal's industrial east coast fish farm – good things for Brand Tasmania.

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EPA alters law overnight to protect Tassal in Federal Court proceedings

Tasmania’s peak environment group is calling for the resignation of EPA Director Wes Ford, after the EPA rewrote the legal instrument governing salmon allocations in Macquarie Harbour, in response to court proceedings initiated by Huon Aquaculture yesterday. 

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Premier Hodgman: End the salmon wars now

Environment Tasmania today welcomed action by Huon Aquaculture seeking Federal Court intervention in failed governance processes in Macquarie Harbour, one of Australia’s largest salmon growing regions. The state's peak environment group says Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman, is ultimately responsible for the legal wars plaguing big salmon, because of his government's failure to fairly and impartially implement the law in Macquarie Harbour. 

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Environment Tasmania welcomes EPA intervention on Tassal’s crap management plan

Environment Tasmania welcomes the EPAs intervention to prevent Tassal proceeding with risky dredging operations on its Macquarie Harbour dead zone, adjacent to the Tasmanian World Heritage Area.

“Allowing Tassal’s desperate dredging plans to proceed would have been the death knell for endangered species in the Harbour and the Tasmanian Government’s reputation,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director, Environment Tasmania. “It is unfortunate that Tassal engaged contractors and moved equipment into the Harbour prior to checking their basic obligations under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act.”

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Tassal All Over The Place

Tassal have been all over the place this last week so no surprise if you've found it hard to keep track. Here's a summary of what's happened.

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Fact-checking WWF's Support of Tassal

Thanks to the thousands of you who petitioned WWF and signed on to our open letter, the pressure is really on to force WWF to end their support of Tassal and its destructive salmon farming practices.

You might have received an email from WWF in response. I don’t know about you but for us it raised more questions than answers. To debunk their claims we’ve put together the following.

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Environment Tasmania praises Huon leadership – calls for government structural adjustment package to assist industry old guard.

Environment Tasmania strongly welcomes Huon Aquaculture’s $300 million investment in land based fish farming in Tasmania, which will secure Huon’s stake in the future of salmon farming globally and begin to heal some of the damage done in Tasmania’s coastal communities.

The state’s peak environment group is also calling on Minister for Fisheries, Jeremy Rockliff, to begin a conversation on structural adjustment in the industry, so that other salmon companies are supported in the inevitable transition to land based and offshore operating systems.  

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Gutwein's Free Kick for Big Salmon

Today’s move by the Tasmanian Government to exempt salmon farming companies from paying local council rates is yet another example of government cronyism and ignores polling that shows a large majority of Tasmanians want salmon companies to pay local government rates.

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Susstainable Salmon Facts

Macquarie Harbour - farming in a dead zone

With Tassal doing some special promotions this 'Sustainable Seafood Day', here are some facts about how they do business.

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