"Today marks a sad day for Tasmania, being the official day for JBS's takeover of Huon Aquaculture. JBS, the world's largest meat processor, has closed Tasmanian facilities after receiving subsidies, been charged overseas for environmental degradation and bribery, linked to quality and workers’ rights issues and illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest. This is a company that the Foreign Investment Review Board of Australia should never have approved," said Bec Howarth Bob Brown Foundation Marine & Fish Farms Campaigner.
"Huon Aquaculture has its own long list of misdemeanours: environmental non-compliance, non-existent community consultation, giant marine debris washing up on beaches and large-scale fish-escapes. Huon Aquaculture has been bad for the Tasmanian marine environment and coastal communities but now, with this new owner, things will be worse. When big business is given free rein with public assets such as waterways, as the Tasmanian government seems wont to do, it is always the marine life and communities who pay the price," Bec Howarth said.
“We will take on JBS to protect Tasmania’s environment. Overnight, JBS has asked to meet with BBF and we will present them with plans on how to implement that protection,” Bec Howard sai