Richard Sharman at Environment Tasmania

Richard Sharman

  • signed Tassal's not welcome in the classroom 2017-09-10 21:46:13 +1000

    Keep Tassal's corporate advertising out of Primary Schools

    Please sign our petition to the Federal Education Minister and the CEO of Primary Industries Education Foundation to help us keep Tassal’s corporate advertising out of schools.

    3,700 signatures

    To:
    Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
    CEO of the Primary Industries Foundation Australia, Ben Stockwin

    Please keep Tassal's corporate advertising out of our primary schools

    Tassal have announced they are heading into schools to promote their salmon to kids. But with their soaring antibiotics use, marine dead zones, threats to endangered species and the formation of thick bacterial mats under their pens around Tasmania, Tassal gets a D minus in sustainability from us.

    We know how important it is for kids to understand where our food comes from, how it is grown and how to make the best choice as consumers. But when it comes to sustainable aquaculture Tassal has failed consistently in Tasmania. On the east coast of Tasmania Tassal are moving into endangered whale calving habitat, and on the west coast they have already pushed the endangered Maugean Skate to the brink of extinction. They’re planning to double production, which means farming new areas, and their track record suggests they’ll do so with scant regard for the concerns of locals, tourism operators and recreational fishers.

    This is not what a truly sustainable salmon farming industry looks like, and it’s not what we want to be teaching the next generation. And with Tassal's product coming from unhealthy growing conditions, and the company's 75% spike in use of antibiotics listed by the World Health Organisation as very important for human health, there are real questions about how healthy Tassal's salmon is.

    Tassal's corporate advertising has no place in our primary schools. We urge you to act to prevent Tassal's Salmon in Schools program from going ahead.

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  • donated 2017-08-06 22:59:37 +1000

    Support Chris and his Vigil for Okehampton Bay

    The federal government has just given its final approval for Tassal’s industrial salmon farm in Okehampton Bay. This is endangered whale calving territory, but they’ve ignored expert advice and given Tassal the go ahead anyway.

    It's not just endangered whales that are at risk. Chris Massie is a fisherman that's so angry about this and so passionate about protecting Okehampton Bay, that he's occupying the bay in protest. He'll be out there for two weeks to send a clear message to Tassal and the state and federal governments that the community won’t continue to stand for corrupt processes that rubber stamp industrial development in prime fishing and tourism country and endangered species habitat.

    “I’ve caught a lot of flack for standing up against this, but as a commercial fisherman I have a right to question the impacts salmon farming has on our marine environment,” Chris said.

    Chris is up against the biggest fisheries company in Australia -- can you show him your support by sharing our image on facebook?

    CHIP IN TO BUY CHRIS A 6-PACK! Chris has 5 nights left on the boat - we'll make sure to take him some beer!

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  • donated 2017-06-27 00:43:09 +1000

    Stop Tassal Trashing Our East Coast

    The pristine waters around Okehampton Bay provide vital calving habitat

    Tassal already have their machinery on the ground. They have no planning approvals and no social licence. To protect the coastline we love, our recreational fishing grounds, critical endangered whale calving habitat -- we must act now.

    This is just the thin edge of the wedge. We know the industry want to double in size over the next two decades and we can’t let Okehampton Bay be a new beachhead for their expansion up the East Coast.

    Your donation will help us continue to expose Tassal's illegal activities and explore every avenue to stop their Okehampton Bay plans. 

    Thank you for your support.

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  • signed An Open Letter to WWF 2017-04-23 14:00:35 +1000
    Richard Sharman

    An Open Letter to the President of WWF Australia

    WWF support Tassal's destructive salmon farming operations. Help us let them know what's happening on the ground here in Tasmania - undersign our letter to their board.

    2,940 signatures

    President Mr Robert Purves
    WWF Australia
    1 Smail Street
    Ultimo
    NSW 2007

    cc Mr Dermot O’Gorman, CEO WWF Australia


    April 2017

    Dear Mr Purves

    An open letter regarding WWF's support of Tassal's destructive salmon operations

    We, the undersigned, write to urge you to cease immediately your support of Tassal and its destructive salmon farming practices in the place we love, Tasmania.

    Tassal has turned their largest lease in Macquarie Harbour into what scientists call a marine dead zone. The harbour is the outlet to the famous Franklin-Gordon river system and it was recently revealed that the dead zone from Tassal’s lease has spread into Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which we are responsible for protecting for future generations.

    This dead zone, creeping into the World Heritage Area, is putting at risk the very existence of the Maugean Skate, a prehistoric species found only in Tasmania. Like the World Heritage Area, the Skate is meant to be protected, but scientists estimate there are only 3000 individual skates left. They’re calling it the ‘thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) of the sea’.

    WWF does crucial work globally, but this time, you have got the balance wrong. Signing off on World Heritage damage and the extinction of a protected species is further than any environment group should go in a corporate partnership. You are making it harder for people who actually live in or love Tasmania to protect it. Tassal’s damage is not contained to Macquarie Harbour. A media investigation recently discovered Tassal were illegally holding protected fur seals. We know Tassal kill seals too, but they refuse to disclose how many.

    We know that WWF takes up to $500,000 a year in direct payments from Tassal. We’re worried this creates a conflict of interest that is influencing your decision to support their outdated inshore farming methods, which the company is about to expand onto Tasmania’s stunning east coast.

    WWF’s panda does not belong on Tassal packaging and your financial relationship makes it look like Tassal are simply buying kudos from a far-away international charity who could not possibly know what is happening on the ground. Your endorsement has to end. Please, for Tasmania’s marine ecosystem, withdraw from your endorsement and cease your financial relationship with Tassal.

    We know you have no office or staff in Tasmania, so we invite you to come here and meet with us, to take a tour of our damaged World Heritage Area, to meet with experts on the endangered Maugean Skate and the communities working to protect their backyards from the destructive practices you endorse.

    Sincerely

    Jodie Epper
    Chair, Environment Tasmania

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  • donated 2017-01-18 01:25:11 +1100

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  • donated 2016-06-11 00:10:32 +1000

    Help me end the cover up!

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    Our government has denied our request for footage of the super trawler in action - AGAIN. Can you help me get REAL footage of the super trawler destroying our oceans? With your help I can hire a drone so we can capture our own footage of the Geelong Star's activities.  

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