Misleading claims about salmon hatcheries demolished

A recent article in The Mercury, Hobart, (Aug 29, 2021) headed “Don’t Blame Fish Farms for Ruined Rivers” reported claims that salmon hatcheries have at worst minimal impact on Tasmanian waterways. One of Australia’s most eminent water scientists, Professor Peter Davies AM, puts that claim to the sword. Professor Davies has an international reputation and …

Government to stand up to multinational takeover?

TAMP and NOFF today called on Tasmanian Premier Gutwein to reassure Tasmanians after plans to sell salmon producer Huon Aquaculture to a Brazilian multinational with a reputation for corruption were revealed at night on Friday. The multinational JBS has a shocking track record of corrupt practices, tax evasion and accusations of circumventing environmental regulations in …

Algal blooms correlated with aquaculture production

That’s the conclusion of 109 scientists reporting to UNESCO after spending seven years analysing almost 10,000 harmful algal blooms that have occurred over the past 33 years. They report: The number of recorded harmful algal bloom events over time was strongly correlated with intensified aquaculture production in all regions with data suitable for the study. …

Sabotage ruled out

The recent escape of 130,000 salmon from Huon Aquaculture feedlots in Storm Bay was definitely not the result of sabotage, The Tasmanian Alliance for Marine Protection (TAMP) has learned. Government officials have told TAMP that Huon Aquaculture has confirmed there was no sabotage, contrary to implications by CEO, France Bender, in the days after the …

Tasmania missing out

Tasmania is missing out on both economic and environmental benefits from salmon farming in the state, according to the co-chair of the Tasmanian Alliance for Marine Protection, Peter George. “In the latest round of Norwegian auctions for salmon farming licences, 30 Norwegian companies have paid an average of A$34,000 for each tonne of production. This …