Community and Conservation Concerns Over Salmon Farms Rising

Environment Tasmania have today called for a thorough upgrade of the monitoring, planning and management systems regulating salmon farms in Tasmania after a new report shows that scientific monitoring of the salmon farms is inadequate and a regional planning review is in need.

“Right now, salmon farming is the ocean equivalent of overcrowded caged chicken farms. They are polluting Tasmania’s clean waters, damaging the health of the marine environment,” said Rebecca Hubbard, Marine Coordinator with Environment Tasmania.

Lady Bay landowner Ms Karen Harvey is concerned about the impacts on locals and tourism businesses. “As Tassal continues to expand their profits, Tasmanians and visitors to Tasmania are increasingly robbed of this stunning coastline. This expansion is happening without many Tasmanians even realising.

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Federal environmental approvals powers must not be handed to the Tasmanian Government- a Government with no environmental bono fides

Today’s release for public comment of the draft approvals bilateral agreement between the Australian and Tasmanian governments raises deep concerns over the Hodgman Government’s hostile attitude towards the environment and those who care about it, says Environment Tasmania, the State’s peak community conservation group.

“The Hodgman Government’s environmental policy so far is ‘lock up those who love nature, and open the door to greedy corrupt development by silencing the community’. This Government cannot be trusted to look after matters of national environmental significance” says Charlie Sherwin, Environment Tasmania CEO.

 

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Bigger Tent Needed for Tourism

Today’s release of a vision for tourism in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area reveals a “closed-shop” approach by the Tasmanian Government, says Environment Tasmania, the State’s peak conservation council.

“The Government is saying ‘trust us, we’re working closely with industry’” says Charlie Sherwin, CEO of Environment Tasmania. “But community and environmental interests have a strong claim to be included in development of tourism policy especially in the World Heritage Area.

“Tasmania’s economy has to be based around appreciation of beautiful places environmental values and clever ideas, but the Government’s tourism vision will flop if they get too cosy with developers and industry.

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