Media Release: New footage showing obliteration of Tasmanian seagrass meadow by slimy algae caused by fish farm.

Bob Brown Foundation has released new footage of crucial seagrass habitat being smothered by algae caused by a nearby Tasmanian salmon farm. The seagrass habitat is situated in Long Bay, connected to the wider bay of Port Arthur, which is flanked by the award-winning Port Arthur World Heritage Site and the Tasman National Park. 

"Seagrass is a crucial habitat and nursery for marine life and a massive carbon sink. In these times of climate and biodiversity crises, these incredible habitats need to be protected. Instead, they are being smothered by algae caused by salmon farm pollution. This new footage shows the havoc being wreaked on the marine environment by the salmon industry right next to a World Heritage site and National Park." says Bob Brown Foundation's Fish Farms and Marine Campaigner Bec Howarth. 

"This is an opportunity for the Tasmanian government to follow one of the recommendations of its own recent Salmon Inquiry report and remove fish farms from biodiverse, sheltered waters by removing the pens from Long Bay, Port Arthur. This would give the sheltered and delicate marine ecosystem there a chance of restoration," says Bob Brown Foundation's Fish Farm Campaigner Alistair Allan.

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-06-03 12:38:32 +1000