Media release – Peter Gutwein, Premier, 10 September 2021 Salmon industry deserves better I am truly disheartened to see Tasmanians deliberately spreading false information by placing anti-salmon billboards interstate, and I strongly urge them to be removed. Tasmanian salmon companies have been global pioneers, and the Tasmanian Government supports the industry on its continued journey […]
Media release – Peter Gutwein, Premier, 10 September 2021
Salmon industry deserves better
I am truly disheartened to see Tasmanians deliberately spreading false information by placing anti-salmon billboards interstate, and I strongly urge them to be removed.
Tasmanian salmon companies have been global pioneers, and the Tasmanian Government supports the industry on its continued journey to be a world leader in operations, environmental management, fish health, biosecurity and sustainability.
Aquaculture is an integral food production sector and salmon a healthy and safe source of protein.
Tasmania’s salmon industry is worth nearly $1 billion to our economy, and has a history of innovation and commitment to continuous improvement.
This includes through:
- World leading water quality monitoring, measuring benthic, sea floor, near farm and broad scale levels to test impacts;
- State-of-the-art remote feeding centres, with technology to deliver operational, fish welfare and environmental benefits;
- Commitment to climate change adaptation actions, including selective breeding program to adjust fish resilience and increase temperature tolerance in line with the changing conditions;
- Global leading certifications;
- Among the lowest stocking densities in the world; and
- Commitment to fish welfare with strong vaccination and disease management strategies, that set the Tasmanian industry apart from other areas of the world;
However, this is a Government that firmly believes it has a responsibility to foster the regulatory environment and to support ongoing improvements.
For example, we have announced this week that we are strengthening the EPA into a standalone independent State Authority.
The salmon industry operates within stringent environmental guidelines set by the EPA, and, we will have more to say on further steps that will be taken to support the salmon industry on its continued journey of sustainability and innovation.
Today I would like to acknowledge the workers, researchers, scientists, animal welfare specialists, technology experts and operational staff in the industry.
I’d like to acknowledge the companies for their commitment to Tasmanian communities, the partnerships they have and the work they do to provide employment opportunities, including the many small businesses they support.
Our salmon industry and those employed through it, deserve recognition for their innovation and the work they do.
Janie Finlay MP, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Water, 10 September 2021
Anti-Salmon campaign unacceptable
The anti-salmon advertising campaign appearing on the mainland is unacceptable and an attack on Tasmanian jobs.
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Water Janie Finlay said the salmon industry was an important part of Tasmania’s economy.
“Tasmanians are proud of our salmon industry’s success,” Ms Finlay said.
“Yet what we are now seeing is an industry mired with controversy, and a Minister that won’t do anything about it.
“Minister Barnett and this Liberal Government should be using Tasmania’s rich body of marine scientists to continually improve what is already the best salmon industry in the world and proudly share the stories of the local families and local communities who make this industry great. They need a champion, I’m stepping up, will the Minister?”
Ms Finlay said the government wasn’t providing the leadership the industry clearly needs right now.
“If this government was serious about our salmon industry they would be standing up for them and helping us stay a step ahead of the rest of the world.
“Instead we are seeing thousands of jobs at risk due to advertising billboards that could have been avoided had the government been ahead of the game.
“Tasmanian Labor is a strong supporter of the salmon industry and are extremely disappointed by this campaign. Our industry is world leading and the government must be doing it’s bit to make sure it stays that way.”
Statement – Neighbours of Fish Farming, 10 September 2021
Defending our Environment
I thank Premier Peter Gutwein for drawing attention to our billboards which we will happily take down when the Premier starts doing his job of bringing this rogue industry to heel and ends the destruction that is so damaging the Tasmanian brand Australia wide.
It’s sad to see the Premier peddling the salmon barons’ propaganda and its clear that his government is now actively preparing to give away more public waters on the north and east coast for them to destroy.
If the Premier won’t do his job of protecting the Tasmanian environment and Tasmanian communities, I can assure Tasmanians we will.
Any Tasmanian who wants to help get more billboards up can donate at our website.
TASMANIAN TIMES: Anti-Salmon Campaign Launched on Mainland.
Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/09/responses-to-anti-salmon-campaign/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=responses-to-anti-salmon-campaign