Environment Tasmania today welcomed action by Huon Aquaculture seeking Federal Court intervention in failed governance processes in Macquarie Harbour, one of Australia’s largest salmon growing regions. The state's peak environment group says Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman, is ultimately responsible for the legal wars plaguing big salmon, because of his government's failure to fairly and impartially implement the law in Macquarie Harbour.
"That Australia’s 2nd largest fisheries company has been forced, for the third time, to seek judicial intervention over Tassal’s breaches of the law in Macquarie Harbour is an indictment on Premier Hodgman's ability to fairly and impartially regulate big salmon,” said Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania.
“The writing has been on the wall for Macquarie Harbour for some time. The ecosystem is failing, but the Premier is also failing. If he refuses to act, Premier Hodgman will be remembered as the Premier who signed-off on endangered species extinction, and damage to Tasmania’s brand which saw Tassie salmon become synonymous with faecal mounds and dead zones," Ms Kelly said.
Environment Tasmania is calling on the Premier to end the salmon wars, by implementing the law in Macquarie Harbour and preventing Tassal from proceeding with plans to open a highly polluting industrial salmon farm in endangered whale calving territory on Tasmania's pristine east coast.