Tassal profits come at a cost of soaring antibiotic use and environmental damage

Tasmania’s peak environment group has raised concerns that salmon company Tassal’s annual profits, reported today, come at the price of decreased fish quality and increasing environmental harm around Tasmania’s coasts.

“Tassal’s reported increase in fish growth occurred in the same year the company increased its antibiotic use by 75 per cent in total and 50 per cent per tonne of fish,” said Laura Kelly, Environment Tasmania. “With the rise of super bugs, the obvious question is whether Tassal’s increased profit has come at the expense of increased health risk and a decrease in product quality.”

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Broad coalition slams Hodgman’s salmon growth plan

A broad coalition of representatives from all sides of politics, Tasmania’s wild fishing, recreational fishing, tourism and conservation sectors gathered on parliament lawns today to condemn the Hodgman Government’s failure to consult on its salmon industry growth plan.

The coalition demanded both major parties agree to a moratorium on lease allocation until governance problems in the industry are addressed. Leaders from diverse sectors of industry and the community stressed that the Hodgman Government's failure to consult on the current industry expansion plan has only exacerbated the conflict plaguing the industry. So-called 'no go zones' are limited to areas where it isn't viable to grow salmon, whilst areas where the salmon industry has an interest, including Okehampton Bay, Recherche Bay, Norfolk Bay, Cape Pillar and all around iconic Bruny Island, can be developed with no requirement for community consultation and no right of appeal.

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Premier Hodgman fishes for credibility on salmon

Tasmania’s peak environment group has questioned the value of so called ‘no go’ zones for salmon farming announced today by the Hodgman Government.

“This is a sham announcement that marks ‘no go zones’ in areas which were never suitable for salmon farming in the first place, but does nothing to address the actual points of conflict in the industry, like Macquarie Harbour and Okehampton Bay, where 48% of Tasmanians don’t want salmon farming but Tassal has walked away with everything that it wants," said Laura Kelly, Environment Tasmania.

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Michelin-star chef, wine and tourism leaders join Okehampton Bay Vigil

A Michelin-star chef and Tasmania’s largest abalone mothership are steaming up the east coast today, to support fisherman Chris Massie’s two-week occupation of Okehampton Bay. They will be joined by oyster farmer and elder of Tasmanian wild fisheries, Des Whayman, as two of Tasmania’s leading east coast vineyard owners join Mr Massie in raising their concerns about Tassal’s plans to industrialise Okehampton Bay.

The protest grows a day after Tassal received EPBC approval to proceed with the development, despite threats to endangered Southern Right Whales.

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'A serious threat to endangered whales': lead environment group questions Tassal’s EPBC permit

Tasmania’s peak environment group today expressed serious concerns regarding the Commonwealth Government’s decision to allocate Tassal an EPBC permit for the company’s controversial plan to industrialise endangered whale calving habitat on Tasmania’s east coast.

“This decision shows that our environment laws are broken. Any Tasmanian that wants their children to grow up in a world where there are whales should be dismayed by this decision, which shows the Liberal Government has learnt nothing from the disaster and subsequent legal battles over Macquarie Harbour,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania.

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Don’t zone Tassie’s east coast industrial

Tasmania’s peak environment group will be attending the meeting of Glamorgan Spring Bay Council tonight to object to an application by salmon farming giant, Tassal, to have endangered whale calving habitat on Tasmania’s east coast zoned industrial.

6000 Environment Tasmania supporters have written to Council objecting to rezoning of ‘Environmental Management’ and ‘Public Reserve’ land and water, to ‘light industrial’ zoning with a variation to allow for industrial aquaculture operations.

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New polling: Salmon governance failure bites for Hodgman

New polling by Reachtel released today shows significant community concerns about outdated salmon farming practices and the influence of big salmon companies over the Hodgman Liberal Government in Tasmania.

“More than half of voters in Lyons are saying the salmon industry is risking jobs by not upgrading their infrastructure and getting offshore,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania, “this reflects what we are hearing out in the community – everyone knows how important salmon is for Tassie, but they can’t understand why the industry doesn’t just use some of their ample profits to modernise and get offshore.”

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Whale Nursery not Industrial Zone

Tassal need new areas zoned industrial on Tassie’s east coast to carry out their Okehampton Bay plans. They want to change the law so these pristine waters - currently classified environmental management - are open for industrial development.

If they succeed, they will be able to dredge the ocean to put in an industrial wharf, an undersea pipeline with over 1000 concrete footings, and all of the infrastructure they need for the type of industrial salmon farms that have already created marine dead zones on the West Coast.

Never mind why the coast was zoned environmental management in the first place - because it is an endangered Southern Right Whale calving habitat, and supports coastal tourism and recreational fishing.

The council is currently considering their Development Applications - you can view our submissions to these below.

 

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New IMAS research pinpoints Tassal’s Okehampton risk

The findings of a new report by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), released today, raises serious concerns about Tassal’s stocking levels in Macquarie Harbour and the shelf life of their controversial Okehampton Bay development, according to Tasmania’s peak environment group.

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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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