March 26, 2015


Australian salmon farms in Tasmania to be placed under official inquiry



An Australian Senate inquiry will look into the sustainability of salmon farms in Tasmania, following public grievances from past employees, the abalone industry and a mussel grower over the establishments' impact on the island state's waterways.


The move is successfully championed by Peter Whish-Wilson, the Greens Senator of Tasmania.


Despite a recent outcry over the salmon farms, Whish-Wilson claimed that the State Government "continues to deny that there are any issues".


"I am looking forward to hearing from the industry, regulators, scientists and members of the community about any issues in the sector and what is being done to address them", the senator added.


In addition, Whish-Wilson will be calling for public hearings in Hobart and Strahan.


In the meantime, the Tasmanian government will not disband the independent Marine Farming Planning Review Panel as previously planned due partially to cost-saving measures.


Maintaining the panel, to investigate affected fish farms, is a "pragmatic" decision, said Tasmania's minister for primary industries, Jeremy Rockliff.


The Tasmanian Greens, a political party which developed from numerous environmental campaigns in the state, has called for all expansions of salmon farms to be suspended until concerns from relevant sectors have been addressed.

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