Representatives from JBS Australia met with Bob Brown Foundation this morning. They were presented with the Dennes Point Declaration and assured that we would work with JBS for its implementation.
JBS Australia Director John Berry said a pillar of the company’s operation in Tasmania would be 'not damaging the environment.'
Bob Brown said that the Foundation would work with JBS to implement the Dennes Point Declaration to take Atlantic salmon fish farm pens out of Tasmania’s waterways. He pointed to damage the industry was causing to marine ecosystems and asked for Huon Aquaculture’s baseline studies of its fish farms in the Huon River and D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Rebecca Howarth, Bob Brown Foundation Fish Farm and Marine Campaigner said, “I informed JBS that our Foundation puts big salmon on notice. I told them that we want no more salmon pens in the water, and we want to see the restoration of shallow inshore waters. The community and the environment have reached a tipping point here in Tasmania where after years of big salmon saying they are listening to the community, there has been not only no change but increased expansion and environmental destruction.”
Christine Milne said "JBS global reputation for deforestation in the Amazon and failure to deliver on commitments had preceded them. The Bob Brown Foundation takes a global view of marine degradation and forest destruction, and I am confident that JBS now recognises that the failure to comply with even Tasmania’s minimal standards of environmental and species protection will be a focus.”