Media Release: Stealth invasion of Bass Strait by big business.

The long-predicted invasion of Bass Strait by industrial fish farming is underway by stealth, Bob Brown Foundation’s Marine and Fish Farms Campaigner Bec Howarth said today.

"The seals, seabirds and fisheries of Bass Strait now face all the cruelties brought to southern Tasmanian waterways by the invasion of private aquaculture companies.

Taxpayers money flowing through ‘Blue Economy’ is being used to featherbed private corporations at the expense of the publicly-owned marine and coastal amenity. The Gutwein and Morrison governments should end the stealth and state exactly how much this will cost everyone," said Bec Howarth.

"The huge public campaigns to protect Bass Strait waters from the threats of pollution from the Wesley Vale pulp mill and then the Gunns pulp mill proposal on the Tamar have been sold out by Premier Gutwein in this move. The prospect of the aquaculture industry in Bass Strait as hinted at by what little the governments have announced will make those pulp mill threats to the marine ecosystem look minor.

Public Submissions are only accepted for another nine days. This application and call for submissions have not been advertised at all to the North West coast community, who still remain completely in the dark," concluded Bec Howarth.

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-02-16 10:12:06 +1100