Tasmania’s peak environment group today expressed serious concerns regarding the Commonwealth Government’s decision to allocate Tassal an EPBC permit for the company’s controversial plan to industrialise endangered whale calving habitat on Tasmania’s east coast.
“This decision shows that our environment laws are broken. Any Tasmanian that wants their children to grow up in a world where there are whales should be dismayed by this decision, which shows the Liberal Government has learnt nothing from the disaster and subsequent legal battles over Macquarie Harbour,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania.Read more
Tasmania’s peak environment group will be attending the meeting of Glamorgan Spring Bay Council tonight to object to an application by salmon farming giant, Tassal, to have endangered whale calving habitat on Tasmania’s east coast zoned industrial.
6000 Environment Tasmania supporters have written to Council objecting to rezoning of ‘Environmental Management’ and ‘Public Reserve’ land and water, to ‘light industrial’ zoning with a variation to allow for industrial aquaculture operations.Read more
New polling by Reachtel released today shows significant community concerns about outdated salmon farming practices and the influence of big salmon companies over the Hodgman Liberal Government in Tasmania.
“More than half of voters in Lyons are saying the salmon industry is risking jobs by not upgrading their infrastructure and getting offshore,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania, “this reflects what we are hearing out in the community – everyone knows how important salmon is for Tassie, but they can’t understand why the industry doesn’t just use some of their ample profits to modernise and get offshore.”
Tassal need new areas zoned industrial on Tassie’s east coast to carry out their Okehampton Bay plans. They want to change the law so these pristine waters - currently classified environmental management - are open for industrial development.
If they succeed, they will be able to dredge the ocean to put in an industrial wharf, an undersea pipeline with over 1000 concrete footings, and all of the infrastructure they need for the type of industrial salmon farms that have already created marine dead zones on the West Coast.
Never mind why the coast was zoned environmental management in the first place - because it is an endangered Southern Right Whale calving habitat, and supports coastal tourism and recreational fishing.
The council is currently considering their Development Applications - you can view our submissions to these below.
The findings of a new report by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), released today, raises serious concerns about Tassal’s stocking levels in Macquarie Harbour and the shelf life of their controversial Okehampton Bay development, according to Tasmania’s peak environment group.Read more
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 TasmaniaRead more
What is it: a huge, peaceful flotilla and rally to send Tassal and the Premier a clear message – it’s not okay to out an industrial salmon farm in Okehampton Bay.
Why’s it called FloatMo?: Because it’s on at the same time as Dark Mofo – which does the opposite of what Tassal's industrial east coast fish farm – good things for Brand Tasmania.Read more
Tasmania’s peak environment group is calling for the resignation of EPA Director Wes Ford, after the EPA rewrote the legal instrument governing salmon allocations in Macquarie Harbour, in response to court proceedings initiated by Huon Aquaculture yesterday.Read more
Environment Tasmania today welcomed action by Huon Aquaculture seeking Federal Court intervention in failed governance processes in Macquarie Harbour, one of Australia’s largest salmon growing regions. The state's peak environment group says Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman, is ultimately responsible for the legal wars plaguing big salmon, because of his government's failure to fairly and impartially implement the law in Macquarie Harbour.Read more
Environment Tasmania welcomes the EPAs intervention to prevent Tassal proceeding with risky dredging operations on its Macquarie Harbour dead zone, adjacent to the Tasmanian World Heritage Area.
“Allowing Tassal’s desperate dredging plans to proceed would have been the death knell for endangered species in the Harbour and the Tasmanian Government’s reputation,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director, Environment Tasmania. “It is unfortunate that Tassal engaged contractors and moved equipment into the Harbour prior to checking their basic obligations under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act.”Read more