Salmon giants win approval to dump on the 1st signs of life in Macquarie Harbour

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17/07/18

Tassal, Petuna approved to dump on the 1st signs of life in the most damaged parts of Macquarie Harbour

Tasmania’s peak environment group has questioned today’s decision by Environment Minister, Elise Archer, to allow Tassal and Petuna to restock the largest salmon leases in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania’s most controversial salmon farming region. Known as the ‘Franklin lease’, the 120 hectare area was emptied in April 2017 due to the presence of faecal mounds, bacteria mats and the death of marine life under salmon pens.  

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More information leaks on Tasmanian mass fish kills prompts demands for Government reporting

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5/07/18

Tasmania's peak environment group has released an image of a morts bin from industrial salmon farms in Tasmania’s South East, as more community reports come in of a mass fish kill related to the PMOV virus.

 “We have received an image of a morts bin and reports of increasingly steady salmon deaths over the last month in the state’s south east, with 20,000-30,000 deaths at one farm alone,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania.

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Latest science: marine life continues to flatline in Macquarie Harbour

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2/07/18

Latest science: marine life continues to flatline in Macquarie Harbour

Today the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) released their latest report on the health of Macquarie Harbour, one of Tasmania’s most controversial salmon farming regions, which has been plagued with marine dead zones and mass fish kills since 2015.

“This report shows no recovery in marine life at salmon farm leases or in our World Heritage Area, in fact dead zones have worsened at southern leases compared to the last survey,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania. “Add to this the 1.35 million salmon that died from disease and poor growing conditions over summer, and it’s impossible to fathom why Macquarie Harbour has not been emptied.”

 

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Macquarie Harbour disaster: 1.35 million morts on Premier Hodgman’s hands

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29/05/19

Today the Director of the Tasmanian EPA confirmed 1.35 MILLION salmon were killed in Tasmania’s major West Coast farming region, Macquarie Harbour, between October 2017 and March 2018. Over two thousand Environment Tasmania supporters have petitioned salmon companies for release of this information, which no salmon company would reveal and which the Hodgman Government concealed in the lead up to the March 2018 state election.

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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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Are you our new Strategy Director?

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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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