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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Planning Commission rejection for Tassal's east coast plans

Environment Tasmania welcomes today’s decision by the Tasmanian Planning Commission that it is unable to approve Tassal’s development plans for its controversial Okehampton Bay development, because the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council failed to meet the exhibition requirements of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Regulations 2014.

“The Planning Commission rejection is more evidence of the shonky governance process surrounding Tassal’s controversial east coast plans," said Laura Kelly, Environment Tasmania. "Tassal and Council have tried to ram plans through so quickly they haven’t even bothered to comply with the most basic provisions in the land use act." 

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EPA protects Tassal profits: unethical and illegal?

Environment Tasmania is deeply concerned about the EPA’s decision to extend the period Tassal is able to act in breach of the law at its Franklin lease in Macquarie Harbour, where all marine life is dead to 500 metres beyond the lease site. The Director of the state’s peak environment group, Laura Kelly, argues there is no evidence to justify the EPA’s claim that this won’t worsen the environmental crisis in the harbour.

“The EPA are saying extending Tassal's dead zone operation won’t make matters worse, but fail to present any evidence that pumping more feed and faeces in the harbour won’t increase harm to the harbour and endangered Maugean Skate,” said Laura Kelly Environment Tasmania.

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Liberal leaders build pressure on Turnbull: Ban the monster boats

The Stop the Trawler Alliance today welcomed the symbolism of Tasmanian Fisheries Minster Jeremy Rockliff’s move to ban super trawlers in Tasmanian waters and called for immediate action by the Turnbull Government to protect our Small Pelagic Fishery.

“Minister Rockliff’s symbolic ban on trawlers in Tasmanian State waters shows political leaders understand Australians have rejected super trawlers," said Adrian Meder from the Australian Marine Conservation Society. 

 

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Misleading consumers: Tassal, ASC and WWF

Today peak state environment group, Environment Tasmania, will release a damning report into the faulty auditing process which has allowed Australia’s largest salmon company to falsely market its salmon to consumers as ‘clean and green’.

Click here to read the report.

Tassal’s product has carried the Aquaculture Stewardship Council – or ASC – logo for its salmon from Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania’s west coast, since 2014. Yet government data shows oxygen levels in Macquarie Harbour plummeted to worrying levels in 2013 and the latest report by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies shows that all marine life is dead under Tassal's largest lease in Macquarie Harbour. 

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