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  • donated via 2018-01-23 15:24:25 +1100

    Help us unlock $50,000!

    An anonymous donor has offered to match every donation, dollar for dollar, from now until the end of January, up to $50,000!

    This is our chance to fix the imbalance between big salmon and Tassie's voiceless, endangered marine life. 

    The money will be used for our consumer information campaign - telling buyers of farmed salmon the truth about where their salmon comes from and the impact it is having on Tasmania's precious marine environment.

    We can halt the rapid industrialisation of Tasmania's oceans if we join together! Please give generously while the impact of your gift will be doubled.

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  • signed Tassal's not welcome in the classroom 2017-09-08 14:32:26 +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.

    3,687 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 via 2017-08-04 21:20:15 +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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  • endorsed 2017-06-16 15:59:50 +1000
    Go Tasmania – people power can stop this

    Support FloatMo

    Australian fishing icon Steve “Starlo” Starling says Tassal’s Okehampton Bay salmon farming proposal is a “disaster waiting to happen” and now AFL star Nick Reiwoldt has joined the campaign too!

    On Sunday 18 June the local Tassie community are holding a huge, peaceful flotilla and rally on Hobart’s waterfront. It's called #FloatMo and it'll send a clear message to our Premier that Tassal’s plan to spread industrial salmon farming up our pristine East Coast must be stopped. Their industrial fish farm would be bad for our precious marine environment, bad for fishing, bad for our tourism brand and terrible for endangered whales.

    If you can make it please RSVP here. Otherwise show your support now by sending a message of support to Nick and Starlo.

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  • posted about An Open Letter to WWF on Facebook 2017-04-24 14:29:07 +1000
    Sign the petition: An Open Letter to the President of WWF Australia

    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.

    2,930 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 via 2018-12-08 02:10:15 +1100

    Help protect Tasmania's most precious places

    Help us protect our precious marine life

    Making a regular donation is one of the best ways to support what you’re passionate about. Our supporters contribute to Environment Tasmania because we are the local group that’s leading the push to protect the places we all love - the clean air, clean water and natural resources we rely on.

    We’re independent from government and big business and totally reliant on the support of our generous donors. Your monthly gift makes a huge difference. It helps us plan ahead and run the strongest and most cost-effective campaigns for Tasmania’s future.

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  • posted about Stop the Trawlers on Facebook 2016-06-17 15:41:44 +1000
    Just made a donation to Stop the Super Trawler!

    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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