•      Aquaculture industry vital for regional employment
•      Hodgman Government should be working with industry toward sustainable fish farming
•      Industry growth must be managed
Labor Leader Rebecca White has welcomed Petuna Seafood’s sensible proposal to ensure sustainable fish farming into the future.
Petuna has proposed that stocking limits be determined on a lease by lease basis, which is consistent with the policy position announced by Labor a month ago.*
Labor has proposed a suite of stronger regulations to maintain community trust in the industry.
“Petuna has put forward a plan for the future sustainability of Macquarie Harbour which is consistent with Labor’s plan,” Ms White said.
“This shows that while Jeremy Rockliff and Guy Barnett have been undermining community confidence in the industry, Labor has been developing practical solutions that support jobs and future growth.
“Petuna employs 320 Tasmanians – mostly in regional areas – and those jobs and others in fish farming are far too important for the Hodgman Government to not be listening.
“A majority Labor Government would listen and would work with the industry to reassure the community that fish farming is sustainable.
“We hear that the community is demanding better regulation of salmon farming and a majority Labor Government has a policy to deliver this.
“The industry supports more than 2,700 jobs, turns over $1 billion each year and it continues to prosper.
“The State Government needs to be protecting regional jobs and regional economies and regional industries, not picking fights in regional communities.”