Today’s announcement by salmon giants Tassal and Petuna of a ‘joint management venture’ that will set an ‘industry first benchmark for biosecurity’ leaves crucial questions unanswered, according to Environment Tasmania, the state’s peak environment group.
“The level of spin in this announcement has been trying. What the companies have failed to disclose is the seriousness of the POMV situation in Macquarie Harbour, the details of mass fish kills and the amount that each company’s operations will be scaled down compared to previous years operations” says Laura Kelly, Environment Tasmania.
"We also have no straight answer from Tassal on the number of staff that will be relocated away from Macquarie Harbour," Ms Kelly says.
"The other operator in the Harbour, Huon Aquaculture, appears to have been left out of Harbour wide planning, and already separates salmon year classes. Tassal and Petuna have provided no details on how year class separation alone will deliver on their promised biosecurity benefits and address the crisis facing Macquarie Harbour."
“Nor have there been any ramifications for Tassal, who trashed their Franklin lease, growing the current total biomass for the entire Harbour on it for three years in a row. How can there be no penalties for Tassal, while Petuna is forced into a lease sharing arrangement?”
“The elephant in the room is the total absence of the EPA and Hodgman Government, who have stood back and allowed this biosecurity and environmental mess to unfold," Ms Kelly says.
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