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.
More poo: that's what Tassal, Petuna and Environment Minister Elise Archer have decided will help the most damaged areas in Macquarie Harbour recover.
"Environment Minister Elise Archer has just given Tassal and Petuna the go ahead to dump industrial tonnes of waste on the first signs of life returning to Macquarie Harbour’s largest salmon lease,” says Laura Kelly Environment Tasmania. “This is despite the fact that there is still gas bubbling and bacteria mats on the lease site, and the small increase in marine life recorded is dominated by the worm-like creatures that feed on salmon waste.”
“This is endangered species habitat right next to a World Heritage Area. After years of damage and controversy, why won’t the salmon companies and the Tasmanian Government just let the Harbour recover?” Ms Kelly asks.
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