Tassal, Petuna announcement conceals key details on the biosecurity threat in Macquarie Harbour

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17/05/18

Today’s announcement by salmon giants Tassal and Petuna of a ‘joint management venture’ that will set an ‘industry first benchmark for biosecurity’ leaves crucial questions unanswered, according to Environment Tasmania, the state’s peak environment group.

“The level of spin in this announcement has been trying. What the companies have failed to disclose is the seriousness of the POMV situation in Macquarie Harbour, the details of mass fish kills and the amount that each company’s operations will be scaled down compared to previous years operations” says Laura Kelly, Environment Tasmania.

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We need a mature leader to guide Tasmania’s premier marine protection campaign. Tassie is a global ocean warming hotspot. Scientist predict invasive species will decimate our east coast reefs by 2050 and industrial salmon farming, already Australia’s largest fishery, has bipartisan support to double in size by 2030.

Environment Tasmania is the state’s peak conservation council. We support 18 member groups and run campaigns that deliver real outcomes for Tasmania – like the 172,000 hectare extension to the Wilderness World Heritage Area delivered in 2013 and the retreat of two super trawlers from Australian waters. Our current focus is on introducing transparency and accountability to the industrial salmon farming industry and delivering a scientifically sound network of marine protected areas within the next five years.

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National and state laws fail, Tassal’s threat to endangered whales approved

Today the Federal Court and The Tasmanian Planning Commission, in two separate decisions, rejected appeals to protect endangered Southern Right Whales by moving Tassal’s industrial salmon farm out of their calving habitat.

“Australia is facing an extinction crisis – with the highest rate of mammalian extinction in the world. Today’s apparently unrelated decisions by the Tasmanian Planning Commission and Federal Court to allow Tassal to threaten endangered whales provides a stellar example of why this is happening,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania.

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New science shows World Heritage dead zones persist in Macquarie Harbour

The State’s peak environment group has expressed its serious concern about today’s announcement by the Tasmania Government that only minor cuts will be made to salmon numbers in Macquarie Harbour. The EPA has announced that a minimum of 9,500 thousand tonnes of salmon will remain in Macquarie Harbour, despite the release of the latest report by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies which shows low oxygen levels and marine dead zones persist in Macquarie Harbour’s World Heritage Area.

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Environment Tasmania is looking for a Treasurer!

This is a great opportunity to make a contribution to protecting Tasmania's unique environment. If the Position Description below sounds like you, please give us a buzz on 0401 559 335. 

Role title:

Board Treasurer

Location:

Hobart

Reporting to:

Chair

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Tassal confirms second mass fish kill in Okehampton Bay

13/03/18

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Tassal confirms second mass fish kill in Okehampton Bay

Today in Federal Court proceedings Tassal have confirmed there have been two major fish kills at their new operations on Tasmania’s east coast over summer – a detail the company has until now concealed from local community members. 

“As the fish kill carnage in Macquarie Harbour continues we now have confirmation that Tassal has had not one but two mass fish kills at Okehampton Bay, adjacent to Maria Island Marine Reserve on Tasmania’s east coast tourism route,” says Laura Kelly, Environment Tasmania.

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Reckless salmon expansion – how to vote to stop it

We’re in the final, heated days of the Tasmanian election – with voting March 3.

We put a few simple questions to all the parties running about their vision for the salmon industry, so we could create a voting guide for all of us who care about our marine environment. The results are pretty clear. Only two parties - the Tasmanian Greens; and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers of Tasmania, are committed to introducing transparency and accountability in the Tasmanian salmon industry.  

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Premier Hodgman is answerable for Petuna job losses

The State’s peak environment group is calling for immediate action by the Hodgman Government to cut salmon numbers in Macquarie Harbour, where dire environmental conditions are now causing mass fish kills, disease outbreaks and redundancies within salmon companies.

“The Hodgman Government still won’t disclose to the public how many fish have been killed in Macquarie Harbour this summer – rather than deal with the problem they are trying to cover it up in the middle of an election campaign,” says Laura Kelly, Environment Tasmania.

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How much is an endangered whale worth? Peak environment group challenges Tassal in today’s Planning Commission hearing

One of Australia’s leading Southern Right Whale experts, Professor Robert Harcourt, will appear in the Tasmanian Planning Commission today, to present evidence on the risks posed by Tassal’s plans to place industrial aquaculture infrastructure in endangered Southern Right Whale calving habitat.

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Tassal the worst performer on the ASX yesterday, as global price drops met local fish kills

Yesterday Tassal share price fell by 6.5% after a stockbroker downgraded the stock, and their clients sold out. This was largely in response to the downward trend in global salmon prices, but analysts will be watching fish kills in Macquarie Harbour closely, as the Tasmanian EPA has confirmed an outbreak of the Pilchard Orthomyxovirus (POMV) (1) in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s West Coast and at Huon Aquaculture leases in the South East.  

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