The Hodgman Liberal Government welcomes today’s announcement by Tassal of their plans to retire several of their inshore leases.
Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff said Tassal’s decision demonstrates fish farming companies are listening and working cooperatively with the wider community.
``Tassal’s decision is welcomed and aligns perfectly with the Government's policy, as detailed in our Draft Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry that future industry growth will largely be in oceanic waters. It also shows a commitment by the company to think broadly of the sustainability of the industry,’’ Mr Rockliff said.
``This Government has worked hard to reform the industry and ensure an appropriate balance between fish farms, local communities and the environment.
``We have strengthened penalties and regulations, and put the independent Environment Protection Authority in charge of all aspects of environmental control of the industry.’’
Minister for Environment and Parks Elise Archer said the salmon industry is making real inroads to change.
``This comes on the back of Tassal’s decision last week to not proceed with their original intention to dispose of waste filtrate water back into Macquarie Harbour,’’ Ms Archer said.
``This demonstrates a willingness to listen to the concerns of the wider community, and I applaud this, as it reflects positively not only on the industry but on the State as a whole, to ensure Tasmanian salmon is the most sustainably produced in the world.’’
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment will advertise a public consultation period from tomorrow, for the maximum possible period of eight weeks and we encourage those interested to participate.