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.
“The Hodgman Government can’t keep concealing information on mass fish kills from the public. These are major biosecurity and animal welfare events happening in public waters. After the cover-up and leaked information confirming 1.35 million deaths in Macquarie Harbour over summer, the Hodgman Government can’t afford to lose further public trust around its failure to govern Australia’s largest fisheries companies," Ms Kelly says.
Environment Tasmania is reiterating its call for public reporting of mass fish kills and mass escapes in Tasmanian public waters.
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