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

“By the Premier’s own logic Tassal has no right to proceed with its industrial east coast development – in endangered whale calving habitat and prime tourism and fishing country.”

“Considering Tassal intends to proceed with a 195 metre industrial jetty and 3000 mega litre dam, and the Premier has refused to prevent this industrial foothold going in, the community would be fair in questioning how meaningful the Premier’s Facebook video actually is.”

“Given that yesterday the EPA literally rewrote the law overnight to protect Tassal from Federal Court proceedings in Macquarie Harbour, the community is right to have little confidence in this Government’s word or Tassal’s word.”

“Instead of dodging the issue, the Premier needs to bite the bullet, stand up to Tassal and prevent them from establishing an industrial foothold on the east coast,” Ms Kelly said.

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  • commented 2017-07-16 08:21:27 +1000
    I don’t think your (ET’s) description of Okehampton Bay as “endangered whale calving habitat” in this press release is accurate, nor the description in your Development Application submission to the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council that “Current zoning recognizes that the area is calving habitat for the EPBC-listed, endangered Southern Right Whale.”

    Environment Australia’s current South-east marine region profile which is the relevant environmental management statement relevant to the Southern Right Whale (SRW), which can be accessed at
    http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/7a110303-f9c7-44e4-b337-00cb2e4b9fbf/files/south-east-marine-region-profile.pdf
    it lists the breeding and calving grounds for SRWs on p.26. It states:
    “Southern right whales regularly aggregate for breeding and calving off Warrnambool, Victoria, with calving areas tending to be very close to the shore. The known calving and aggregation areas in the south-east region are Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Port Campbell and Portland (Victoria), and Encounter Bay (South Australia). " Okehampton Bay is not listed there.

    In addition the Conservation Management Plan for the Southern Right Whale, which can be accessed at
    http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/4b8c7f35-e132-401c-85be-6a34c61471dc/files/e-australis-2011-2021.pdf
    only lists Great Oyster Bay and Frederick Henry Bay (p.26) as significant congregating (but not calving areas) for the SRW.
    Given this is the basis to ET’s objections to the fish farming license in Okehampton Bay, what is the actual science- based evidence for these statements?
  • published this page in Clean Up Fish Farms 2017-06-08 09:50:07 +1000