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Tassal salmon reports 260-fold increase in antibiotic use

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18/05/20

A dramatic increase in antibiotic use by Tassal salmon has been revealed, following the release of the Global Salmon Initiative's (GSI's) so-called 'Sustainability Report' last week. According to the report, Tassal used 62.28 grams of antibiotics per tonne of salmon produced in 2019, compared with 0.24 grams per tonne in 2018.

 

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Tassal salmon reports 260-fold increase in antibiotic use

MEDIA RELEASE

18/05/20

A dramatic increase in antibiotic use by Tassal salmon has been revealed, following the release of the Global Salmon Initiative's (GSI's) so-called 'Sustainability Report' last week. According to the report, Tassal used 62.28 grams of antibiotics per tonne of salmon produced in 2019, compared with 0.24 grams per tonne in 2018.

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Environment group calls for 'three strikes and you're out' rule, as Huon salmon gets away with environmental crimes

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5/5/20

Tasmania's peak environment group has called for an immediate increase in fines for environmental crimes by big salmon companies, after Huon Aquaculture was fined just $40,000 for 6 breaches of environment laws this week. Environment Tasmania is also proposing a 'three strikes and you're out' rule for salmon companies, with suspension of operating licences for one year at sites with recurring breaches of environment notices.

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Release investigation into Tassal’s February listeria detection

Today Environment Tasmania has called for the immediate release of the investigation into detection of listeria in Tassal salmon in Queensland on February 11,  2019.

“Both Tassal and Premier Hodgman have failed to mention in media that Tassal products tested positive for listeria at a Queensland warehouse in February this year. According to a spokesperson for the Health Department, the deaths from listeriosis occurred between February 22 and June 7,” says Laura Kelly, Director of Environment Tasmania.

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Peak environment group accuses Tassal of breaking the rules in sustainability audit for controversial Okehampton Bay operations

Tasmanian fishing, community and environment groups have lodged a letter of complaint with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), in the belief that Tassal, Australia’s largest salmon company, is breaching ASC standards in an effort to secure a green tick for its controversial Okehampton Bay operations on Tasmania’s east coast.

Tassal have pushed for an ASC audit of the company’s Okehampton Bay farm, despite the farm being in operation for under 12 months. The groups believe this breaches the ASC requirement that no farm is assessed prior to 18 months of operations or a full harvest cycle, to ensure the full impacts on the environment of a salmon growth cycle can be observed by auditors. Despite smolt going in at Okehampton Bay in August of last year, and the site only being stocked at half capacity in 2017, Tassal’s Okehampton Bay ASC assessment is happening now, with a community meeting to be held in Triabunna tomorrow, July 31st at 5.30pm.

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Morts pit revelations: Peak environment group demands release of mass mortality plan for Macquarie Harbour.

Environment Tasmania has again raised its concerns about the lack of transparency surrounding Macquarie Harbour fish kills, after today’s statement by West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers that Council has not been consulted on salmon industry plans to construct a new morts pit for dead salmon from its Macquarie Harbour operations.

“Government actively concealed the fact that 1.35 million salmon died in Macquarie Harbour over summer - a fact the public only discovered after a leak to media,” says Laura Kelly, Environment Tasmania.

 

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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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