Okehampton Fish Farm decision to be appealed in Federal Court.

Triabunna Investments, Spring Bay Mill Pty Ltd and Bob Brown Foundation have lodged an appeal against Justice Duncan Kerr upholding the manner of Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s approval of Tassal’s fish farm at Okehampton Bay on Tasmania’s east coast.

Justice Kerr’s decision was handed down in the Federal Court in Hobart on 12 April. The appeal challenges his judgment on the basis that the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act obligations on the Federal Government to protect endangered species such as the Southern Right Whale and Blue Whale were not adequately met.

"It is common sense that the minister should not have approved Tassal’s industrial operation without specifying the measures vital to keeping the great whales safe. Relying on Tassal to do the right thing is neither good enough nor what the law requires," Bob Brown said today.

The appeal also challenges the failure of the Federal Minister for the Environment to take into account the visual impact of the large barges at the Okehampton Bay fish farm on the Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island. The Station is listed as National Heritage and World Heritage.

It is expected that the appeal, before three judges of the Full Court of the Federal Court, will be heard later in the year.

Further information: Jenny Weber 0427 366 929

3 May 2018


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