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Media release – Friends of North Bruny (FONB), 23 April 2021 Friends of North Bruny (FONB) today backed calls for the government to tell Tasmanians before election day about their plans for the growth of the salmon industry. “FONB backs the call from the Tasmanian Alliance for Marine Protection (TAMP) for the government to reveal […]

Media release – Friends of North Bruny (FONB), 23 April 2021

Friends of North Bruny (FONB) today backed calls for the government to tell Tasmanians before election day about their plans for the growth of the salmon industry.

“FONB backs the call from the Tasmanian Alliance for Marine Protection (TAMP) for the government to reveal these plans, which are currently secret.  It’s the right thing to do and it’s our right to know,” said Gerard Castles, Vice President of FONB. 

“The government and industry are talking about doubling the size of the industry by 2030 but refuse to tell Tasmanian’s where that growth will happen.”

In an ABC radio interview last December, Minister Guy Barnett said the red line ‘No Grow Zones’ around the state were under review and that during this process there would be ‘public consultation’ which would be “made available in the first quarter of next year”.

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/mornings/guy-barnett-says-there-will-be-no-additional-salmon-farms/12960300

“The residents and land holders of North Bruny are fearful that the government will escalate what is already unsustainable salmon farming in the northern end of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Storm Bay with further damage to beautiful seascapes in this part of the world, and with increased damage to the local environment and to the locals’ way of life, through such effects such as increased marine debris, increased boat traffic, and more light, noise and water pollution,” says Mr. Castles.

“We need real regulation, transparent operations and transition out of public waters and into land-based aquaculture, as is already a trend on every continent except Australia,” he said.

“Richard Flanagan’s scathing exposé of Big Salmon in his just-published book, TOXIC, The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry, and the companion mini documentary Paradise Lost  by Justin Kurzel make it clear that the industry and Government have created a veneer of green washing and sham regulation that hides the terrible cost of salmon farming,” Mr. Castles explained.

Toxic and Paradise Lost tell a sad tale of the horrific environmental, social and economic cost of massive floating feedlots like those we see encircling North Bruny; with noise, lights, 24-hour a day operations, marine debris and algal blooms that smother the life out of reefs, spawning grounds and sea life, “ said Mr. Castles.

“What’s worse is the government and regulators who are supposed to protect our interests are to all appearances colluding with the industry to drive growth while ignoring the concerns of local communities,” he added.

“We know on North Bruny from first-hand experience stretching back more than 15 years that the industry cannot be trusted,” Mr. Castles said, adding that “they (the industry) break agreements, obfuscate and treat locals with disrespect.”

“We need the government to commit to the Dennes Point Declaration , to which FONB and other community groups committed at Dennes Point in 2020, which called for real regulation, transparent operations and transition out of public waters and into land-based aquaculture that is already a trend on every continent except Australia.”

 

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/bruny-friends-want-salmon-industry-transparency/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bruny-friends-want-salmon-industry-transparency

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