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.

“No one has been consulted on Minister Rockliff’s proposed industrialisation of King Island - not abalone, cray fishers or small mesh fishers, not tourism operators, traditional owners or conservationists,” says Daniel Patman, Marine Coordinator at Environment Tasmania.

“King Island is a jewel in the crown of Brand Tasmania. Top restaurants in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Spain and London have sought out King Island's produce. If Minister Rockliff opens the door to industrialisation of the island while Tasmania’s shonky, decades-old salmon farming regulations remain in place, he is putting this valuable reputation at risk,” Mr Patman says.

King Island also has extensive conservation values, from endangered migratory whales to shorebirds like the Curlew Sandpiper, which feeds on King Island each year before making the long flight back to Siberia to breed.

“Wetlands on the east coast of King Island provide an internationally renowned sanctuary for migratory birds,” Mr Patman says. “It is arrogant and incompetent for government to explore industrialisation of the island without so much as consulting conservation groups. Such a parochial approach to governance does nothing to advance Brand Tasmania or our reputation on the international stage."

"The waters of King Island also contain a major haul out site for fur seals. Given Tassal's poor record on seal relocations, Minister Rockliff needs to assure the community that this expansion won't lead to more seal dumping and deaths."

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  • commented 2018-01-17 20:07:33 +1100
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  • commented 2017-11-30 08:47:48 +1100
    Well said Wendy. Seems our clean green brand has just been trashed by this government and big commercial interests. Our pristine waterways are been polluted and unsafe for recreational purposes and other businesses.Also very dangerous with all of the debris floating in the waterways. That are also washed on our beaches. Sigh.. i Shall be watching closely what other political parties stand on this.
  • commented 2017-11-30 04:37:47 +1100
    King islanders have not been consulted which is completely negligent and a government bullying anti rights approach! King island is an isolated pristine environment with many years of struggle and survival with a fine line to balance in both personal and worldly matters. The environmental factors need specific and sensitive understanding and in decision making to balance eco-systems and livelihoods. Many of which are closely aligned with the natural world requiring respect and understanding of natural cycles and capacities. It is unbelievable to learn of this totally abudive, dishonest approach to what can only be callled ‘rape and pillage’ approach by Tassal in such underhanded power over, blind siding approach to secure waters off King Island for their own profit making ends. Stand up and be seen and let’s have democracy and decency back in Tasmanian Government and business! To seek to divide to conquer is disgusting and disintegrating for communities/ the people of Tasmania. What does this Government stand for? Our success lies in our collective capacity to grow strong decent and wise communities in partnership with the natural world, not in dominating and sneakily manipulating communities such as King Island
    for one sided outcomes. If places like King Island and other islands in Bass Stait are compromised we fail our children and the balance that enables solid growth and best practice – our reputation as clean and green. Thankyou