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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Mark Ryan ducks behind his media adviser in a bizarre press conference cut short

Monday 24 April: In a bizarre press conference Tassal trumpet news of their Macquarie Harbour Dead Zone springing back to life but decline to give any evidence at all. They won't even say what percentage of marine life has returned the Dead Zone.

 

Thursday 27 April: Three days after calling tighter environmental policing, Tassal announce they intend to breach the environmental cap on salmon numbers in Macquarie Harbour. Rather than make Tassal stick to the law, the EPA is considering Tassal's proposal to dredge Macquarie Harbour of faeces.

That's right: Tassal intend to make room for more fish waste by dredging. Sending faeces, toxic methane gas and whatever else is in the sediment of Macquarie Harbour back into the water column. And let's not forget the decades of mining runoff that will be settled in the bottom of the harbour. This next to a World Heritage area, in the habitat of the Maugean Skate, one of the oldest, rarest marine animals in the world.

 Locals and fishers, conservatives and progressives unite against Tassal's fasttrack development

Friday 28 April: Tassal announce they're fast-tracking their push into Okehampton Bay near Maria Island. They don't have planning approvals for their land-based operations, but Tassal intend to proceed anyway.

 

Quote from DPIPWE employee revealed by right-to-information request

Monday 1 May: Over a year after we asked Tassal to reveal just how many salmon are dying in their Macquarie Harbour operations, the ABC obtain documents showing a rise in fish deaths over the summer of 2014/15.

The Government or Tassal must come clean and immediately release information about fish deaths. We're concerned they're concealing evidence of a major fish kill in Macquarie Harbour.

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