We welcome the news that the government has asked salmon companies to clean up their act in Macquarie Harbour. We are disappointed there have been no penalties imposed and no reduction in production limits. After 3 years of damage - do you think the government should do more than politely request that the companies stop breaking the law?
Macquarie Harbour salmon farmers may be hit with new rules
Environment Tasmania recently appeared on the Four Corners investigation into intensive salmon farming in Tasmania waters. The show included interviews with scientists and industry leaders who raised concerns about the sustainability of Tassal’s production in Macquarie Harbour and their plans to expand into high value conservation, fishing and tourism areas on Tasmania’s pristine east coast. The show also raised concerns about the money exchanged between both Tassal and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Tassal and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of a process that has allowed Tassal to feature the logo of both organisations on their products, to communicate to consumers that Tassal’s salmon is, apparently, sustainably farmed.
Watch the Four Corners investigation into industrial salmon farming here: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2016/10/31/4564542.htmRead more
We've posted a bit on our facebook page about Warwick Hastwell, the mussel farmer who says his farm was destroyed by waste from the adjacent Tassal salmon farm, but that Tassal paid him to keep quiet. Tassal is now being investigated by the Senate for allegedly breaching parliamentary privilege by interfering with a witness to a Senate Inquiry. We'll be watching the investigation closely.Read more