The Tasmanian Government has launched a so-called research project on aquaculture in Bass Strait, in Commonwealth waters off Burnie. The Federal Government has agreed that Tasmania can manage the application and regulation of pollution, wildlife protection and other standards in Commonwealth waters. The project will be managed by Blue Economy CRC, which is funded substantially by the Government and salmon industry.
Conservationists are now calling for the State Government to ban the use of explosives (“seal crackers” and bean bag shotgun pellets). These devices cause seals much distress, and there have been cases of deaths, deafness and blindness because of them – read the Guardian article here.