The long-awaited Tasmanian upper house report into fin fish farming comprehensively outlines a litany of issues about the toxic salmon industry but doesn't go far enough in its recommendations.
The inquiry’s findings state there have been “challenges with the state being an enthusiastic promoter and supporter of the industry”, “general community disquiet and discontent” and "lack of accountability and transparency.” It also mentions “a high level of concern for environmental harm caused by the industry.”
"The Tasmanians labelled 'dark forces' by former primary industries minister Guy Barnett, who have spoken out over the years against the salmon industry, will feel validated by this report which outlines a litany of problems with the industry," said Bec Howarth, Fish Farms and Marine Campaigner at Bob Brown Foundation.
"They deserve an apology from the Tasmanian government and Mr Barnett."
"This report makes some important recommendations but it doesn’t go far enough to ensure adequate protection for Tasmanian waterways and marine life into the future. We support the committee calling for the reduction of coastal fish farming sites and prioritising removing pens from sensitive, sheltered and biodiverse habitats."
"Premier Rockliff’s government needs to act and fix this mess that they have allowed the toxic salmon industry to create in Tasmania’s coastal waters. We call on the Premier to implement the inquiry’s recommendations. The government needs to go further than this. The tabling of this report for the public has been delayed so the situation has got worse in the waters, for the wildlife and communities. We are calling for our government to truly prioritise Tasmania's marine environment by ordering all salmon pens out of Tasmania’s waters entirely."