Bob Brown Foundation is calling on Tasmania’s government to legislate marine protection, not fish farm expansion, as the Tasmanian upper house debates a toxic offshore salmon research bill today. If passed, the salmon industry will be able to research in Commonwealth waters with the state government as the regulator.
"We urge the members of the Tasmanian Upper House to vote down this bill," says Bec Howarth, Bob Brown Foundation's Fish Farms and Marine Campaigner.
"Tasmania’s government is pushing massive offshore fish factory expansions while seizing federal waters with minimal consultation with the Tasmanian people. Proposed new offshore technology will mean a larger scale industry, automation of jobs and all the same problems coastlines have suffered from salmon farming but on a larger scale.”
“Offshore fish factories are not the sustainable or environmental solution being touted. Current issues for Tasmanian coastal communities and our wildlife still go unsolved. It is the Tasmanian wildlife, oceans and community that will bear the burden of the environmental, lifestyle and scenic degradation that’s coming down the line.”
“It will be another loss for Tasmania's marine environment and coastal communities if the legislation passes today.
This is the UN Decade of Restoration. The global community must prioritise Ocean health and restoration over further industrialisation."