This morning 50 people protested outside Huon Aquaculture’s Hobart office.
The Bob Brown Foundation labelled today’s takeover of Huon Aquaculture by giant meat producer, JBS, as a disaster for Tasmania’s oceans and marine wildlife.
“What was already toxic just got worse. Huon Aquaculture’s Benders have benefited from poorly regulated access to the public commons. This takeover is by a horrific corporate empire that has been linked to illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, violation of the US Clean Water Act, and the closure of Tasmanian facilities after receiving huge subsidies. The two major shareholders spent time in jail for paying bribes to politicians in Brazil,” said Bec Howarth, Bob Brown Foundation's Marine & Fish Farms Campaigner.
"Bob Brown Foundation volunteers stood alongside other community groups this morning to send a clear message to Huon’s shareholders that this takeover should be blocked," said Bec Howarth.
"Huon Aquaculture has been bad for Tasmanian waterways, but JBS will be worse. We will continue to protest against the sea grab by the big salmon industry for private profit but massive environmental loss," said Bec Howarth.