The proposed expansion of fish farms in Macquarie Harbour should not be considered until comprehensive scientific studies are undertaken into the harbour’s plants, animals and water flows, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today (Mon, Dec 19).

“I have put in a short submission to the public review of the proposed development where I detail my concerns about the lack of baseline scientific data, impacts on native fauna and flora, noise and waste impacts and use of antibiotics,” Senator Brown said.

“We need a more balanced approach to the regulation of fish farms in Tasmania as the current system is weighted in the operator’s favour. The farms are operating in public waterways and their environmental and social impacts need appropriate consideration and action,” Senator Brown said.

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