Tasmanian Government prepares for another mass fish kill

Failure to force harvest an embarrassment, says peak environment group. 
 
Following Friday's revelations that Australia's largest fisheries companies and the state government have met to prepare for another mass fish kill in Tasmania, the state's peak environment group is calling on the Tasmanian Government to issue a clear directive to companies to remove salmon from one of Australia's major farming areas, Macquarie Harbour.  
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EPA confirms fish herpes virus outbreak the cause of mass fish kills in Macquarie Harbour

Following yesterday’s media revelations of mass fish kills in Macquarie Harbour, EPA Director Wes Ford has this morning confirmed a disease outbreak at Tassal and Petuna pens has been a cause of mass mortalities.  

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Environment group demands immediate release of Macquarie Harbour autopsy results

Following today’s revelations of more fish kills in Macquarie Harbour, Environment Tasmania is calling for the immediate release of autopsy results to demonstrate the causes of death of tens of thousands of fish at Petuna, Tassal and Huon leases in Macquarie Harbour.

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A promise of change from Tassal, conservationists need details

Environment Tasmania has cautiously welcomed Tassal’s commitment to transition to offshore farming, but has questions about the date for withdrawal from the companies Tinderbox and Okehampton Bay leases and the size of its new Storm Bay farming area.

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Murky waters - lack of transparency clouds Petuna's Macquarie Harbour waste announcement

Environment Tasmania has responded to today's announcement by Petuna that they will install waste traps at their Macquarie Harbour operations, with requests that the EPA immediately release reports that show the impacts of these waste traps on biosecurity, fish welfare and the environment - with sufficient data to meet basic professional reporting standards.

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TasWater wears Tassal’s Macquarie Harbour waste

Tasmania’s peak environment group has welcomed Tassal’s retreat from plans to dump their waste back into Macquarie Harbour, but is calling on TasWater to urgently disclose the terms of their waste deal with Australia's largest fisheries company, including the contents of waste to be discharged through the public sewage system.

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Rockliff bungles Tassal's King Island expansion

Environment Tasmania has renewed calls for a moratorium on industrial salmon farming expansion, following today’s announcement by Fisheries Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, that Tassal has been granted a permit to explore expansion of its operations off King Island on Tasmania’s North West.

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ET commends West Coast Councillors for blocking Tassal’s waste dump

Environment Tasmania welcomes today’s statement by West Coast Council that it does not support Tassal’s proposal to dump their treated fish farming waste back into Macquarie Harbour.

“Good on these Councillors for standing up to Tassal and acting to protect Macquarie Harbour from further damage,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania.

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Environment Tasmania welcomes Environment Minister’s concerns on Tassal waste dump

Tasmania's peak environment group has welcomed comments made today by new Environment Minister, Elise Archer, that the Government is “not comfortable” with Tassal’s plans to dump waste into Macquarie Harbour, one of Australia’s largest industrial salmon farming regions on Tasmania’s west coast.

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Macquarie Harbour dead zones persist

Environment Tasmania is calling on the Tasmanian EPA to take immediate action to reduce salmon numbers in Macquarie Harbour, following today’s release of the latest research by IMAS showing that marine dead zones and bacteria mats persist at three leases within the Harbour and there has been no recovery of marine life at dead zones in deeper waters of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

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