Miranda Jelbart signed An Open Letter to WWF via Peter Trethewey 2017-07-20 15:45:38 +1000Fully support the demand for accountability in major farming and ocean farming practices, to ensure responsibility, and that they do not play havoc with our environment and adversely impact human health.
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.2,911 signatures
President Mr Robert Purves
1 Smail Street
cc Mr Dermot O’Gorman, CEO WWF Australia
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 We’re worried this creates a conflict of interest that is influencing your decision to support their outdated inshore farming methods, which the company is about to expand onto Tasmania’s stunning east coast.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.
Chair, Environment Tasmania
Miranda Jelbart endorsed 2017-06-09 11:08:11 +1000I fully support this movement to stop the spread of unsafe and eco-unfriendly conduct in Tassal’s approach to salmon farming. I lived in Tas, I love the prisitine environment, also the incredible rich and “unspoilt” natural heritage. Other travellers from all over the world are drawn to visit because of these very attractions – they are disappearing from other world sites, due to pollution and poor environmental protection. All the more reason to cherish and protect the waters of Tasmania. Call Tassal to account to clean up their act, and ensure legislation is enacted to prevent other corrporations or individuals from setting up similar practices.These unique coastal regions must be protected from explotation and flow-on damage to precious ecological niches and species.
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.Endorse