Media Release: Transparency demanded over Burnie Salmon Sea Grab submissions

This week the federal government released its own summary of the 1,352 submissions received for the salmon trials proposed off Burnie, but the actual submissions themselves are nowhere to be seen.

"A huge number of submissions were received over the proposed Burnie salmon trial but the original submissions are nowhere to be seen. This is another example of an absolute lack of transparency and disregard for the community's concerns for the marine environment. We call upon the federal government to make these submissions publicly available," said Bob Brown Foundation Fish Farms and Marine Campaigner Bec Howarth.

"The federal government has instead released a summary of community concerns about the Burnie salmon trials. A dizzying array of concerns were raised including impacts on the local wildlife and environment, waste and marine debris, build-up of pollutants through lack of flushing in Bass Strait, warming waters, fish mortalities, impacts on recreational waters users, impacts on fishers and lack of confidence in the current regulators of salmon."

"By releasing only a summary-form of community concerns, the federal government has demonstrated that this was nothing more than a box-ticking exercise on their pathway to an attempted giant salmon sea grab of offshore waters. An agreement this week has also quietly been made between the state and federal governments allowing big salmon and their Blue Economy CRC cronies to seize federal public waters for salmon research. This spells disaster for our ocean ecosystems and globally significant marine life," concluded Bec Howarth.


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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-04-07 09:57:00 +1000