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Media release – Tasmanian Alliance for Marine Protection (TAMP), 22 April 2021 It’s the Tasmanian Salmon Industry that’s ‘Stranger than Fiction’ Says Marine Watchdog. The Tasmanian salmon industry has immediately tried to diminish the impact of Toxic, an exposé of the industry by noting its author is known best as a novelist. “Richard Flanagan is […]

Media release – Tasmanian Alliance for Marine Protection (TAMP), 22 April 2021

It’s the Tasmanian Salmon Industry that’s ‘Stranger than Fiction’ Says Marine Watchdog.

The Tasmanian salmon industry has immediately tried to diminish the impact of Toxic, an exposé of the industry by noting its author is known best as a novelist.

“Richard Flanagan is an excellent journalist. He’s also a brilliant writer,” says Peter George, co-Chair of leading industry watchdog, Tasmanian Alliance for Marine Protection (TAMP). “He’s just the author for a book that reveals the malfeasance of an arrogant and greedy industry.”

“As Flanagan reveals, this is a case in which truth is stranger than fiction. At last the fiction of a clean and heathy product has been blown out of the water.

“The industry has been peddling fiction to trusting consumers for decades.”

TAMP welcomes news that a salmon industry spokesperson is reading Richard Flanagan’s exposé of the industry with “a science-based lens.”

“Richard spoke to many scientists – some who had the courage to put their names to their comments despite knowing that their reputations would be attacked by the three big companies and the politicians who bend to their will,” Mr George says.

The science backs up Richard Flanagan and Toxic – Tasmania’s salmon industry has to transition out of coastal waters and move to land-based aquaculture as is happening on every continent – except Australia.
“If the industry continues as it is, it’ll spin itself into a grave,” says Mr George.

Detailed response:

Salmon industry: “Richard Flanagan is primarily celebrated for his works of fiction. The TSGA urges people to be informed by facts, widely available from governments and leading researchers, and from the reporting of the companies,”
Response: Government and industry have long covered-up the impact of industrial salmon production with regulations, penalties and commercial-in-confidence clauses that are shot full of holes.

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Salmon industry: “Factual information about our industry is available from science based organisations like CSIRO and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and other universities around the world.”
Response: All reputable global science-based bodies show concern about the impact of industrial salmon production. Research is only as good as the information available, the resources on tap and independence of the institutions.

Salmon industry: “Tasmanian salmon is a global leader, independently accredited by organisations like the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Best Aquaculture Practices and the RSPCA.”
Response: All these so-called independent bodies are industry funded. What more needs to be said than the WWF sold its brand to Tassal and had to withdraw in deep embarrassment after Tassal drove Macquarie Harbour into disaster.

Salmon industry: “The TSGA welcomes robust discussion — our industry is always striving to do better for the environment and our communities, and feedback is an important part of that — but debate must take in all sides and consider science-based evidence.”
Response: The industry does not ‘welcome’ robust discussion. It dismisses and abuses all who disagree with it – no matter how reasonable those critics are. Bureaucrats know their jobs are in jeopardy if they speak out, communities are dismissed as irrelevant or, worse, subjected to PR spin.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/tamp-stranger-than-fiction/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tamp-stranger-than-fiction

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