Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Under threat: The cradle of vulnerable, rare and endangered species …


The cradle of vulnerable, rare and endangered species, the Far Northwest Tasmania, is under threat.

It is under threat from …

political whispers,
political lies,
political kow towing
politically aligned mates’ clubs
government ineptness
government inadequacies in legislation

The government, through political parties took our land, our water, our environment, our trees, and now they want to take our seas and even more of our water.

Not for public and environmental benefit, but for only one thing … Power.

Not power, as in energy to supply your homes, but power for control … to get rich on the back of.

One of the last great bastions of survival for some of the most vulnerable, rarest and endangered flora and fauna in Tasmania lies in the cradle of the Far Northwest Tasmania.

We are the only area left in Tasmania that has the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour disease-free devils running naturally free.

We are the only area left in Tasmania that has the Giant Freshwater Crayfish naturally breeding and free.

A rare place where you can view from rainforests to the sea.

But Our rare specialty timbers, rainforests and pure freshwater waterways are being further trashed.

And now the Liberal Government want to trash our seas and waterways further … as if clearfelling native rainforests to plant single species trees wasn’t enough, the Liberal government is hell bent on spin doctoring for – goodness knows who? but themselves and their mates, the pristine coastline of Far N/W Tasmania … in the name of Salmon Farming ‘GROW ZONES’.

Both Michael Ferguson – Federal MP and Jeremy Rockliff – Tas MP as Liberal Members for Braddon have come out in full force in pushing the Far N/W Salmon Farming Grow Zones.

Jeremy Rockliff has said (Mercury August 14 2017) …

“It has been extremely pleasing in the past few weeks that the North-West community has already enthusiastically welcomed the far North-West and King Island being identified as a future fin fish “grow zone’’ and that Petuna Aquaculture is investigating potential farming in this area.

Is any of that actually TRUE Jeremy Rockliff? Please supply the facts to support that statement!

But let’s face it, an election is coming up and the political need for political donations and the vote-hope-getting mantra of jobs, jobs, jobs is a well spun flavour – even though most jobs will not be given to locals.

Whilst local fishermen rightly question what will happen to the sea fishing areas, I also question …

• the massive amount of freshwater required to flush the salmon – where will that freshwater come from – our pristine Giant Freshwater Crayfish creeks?

AND the potential of escaped salmon running up creeks and eating the juvenile giant freshwater crayfish.

Help Save the Far Northwest from political machinations.

Help Save the Far Northwest’s fishing industry.

Help Save the Tarkine’s Mascot – The Giant Freshwater Crayfish – The largest Freshwater Crayfish on the planet.

Public Meeting regarding the proposal for Northwest Coast Salmon farms
Hosted by Craig Garwood
When: Thursday 17 August 2017 – 7.00pm
Where: Rocky Cape Tavern, Rocky Cape, N/W Tasmania

PETUNA’s Public Officer will be in attendance.
All Welcome.
Come along and see what can be done to protect our juvenile fish nurseries.

*Claire Gilmour is a 6th generation Tasmanian who has travelled around most of Australia and worked in variety of industries ranging from business management, vet nursing, tourism, computers, fishing, painting, decorating, landscaping. She’s lived in the Shakespeare Hills, Rocky Cape Tasmania for the last 20 years, and is still searching for truth, justice and a fair go for all.

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  1. Claire Gilmour

    August 23, 2017 at 1:38 am

    #4 Bart Roberts – are you a pirate?

    Tassal essentially says … fuck Tasmania, fuck the domestic market, if you people don’t want to buy our product (because we are basically screwing everyone … environmentally, socially, healthily, financially, politically) we will use the Tasmanian waterways, seas, the community, the government and get our money from China instead.


    Here’s Tassals final Baseline Environmental Assessment on Okehampton Bay. I guess this is similar to what one can expect from Petuna in the far N/W Tas.

    Note the Maps, boundaries of farm to lease area and the depth of water they prefer to have cages in.

    Note testing on current movement appears only to have been done over a 6 week period in 2014?


    There is plenty of world-wide scientific evidence that escapee Atlantic salmon swim up creeks.

    It has also been found that escaped farm fish eat mostly crustaceans until they learn to hunt and catch faster moving fish.

    You show me the evidence that the escaped salmon WON’T have any negative effects on ANY native aquatic species.

    It is ridiculous to put these farms in without first knowing the negative effects and then try and fix when it’s too late.

    Perhaps you can’t read properly … I didn’t say anything about salmon farming threatening devils. I was simply show-casing that the area has some iconic species left and should be protected from corporate greed and governments who pretend they have decent environmental protection policies and monitoring authorities.

  2. Bart Roberts

    August 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Claire, please explain the scientific reasoning, and if possibly cite the peer-reviewed scientific papers, on which you base your claims that the introduction of a marine farms will have a detrimental effect on the giant fresh-water lobster.

    Specifically your evidence that escaped Atlantic salmon swim up rivers and eat anything, let alone giant crustaceans?

    And then perhaps you might like to back that one up with evidence of the threat of salmon farming to the disease-free Tasmanian Devils. Come on, I know you can do it.

  3. Claire Gilmour

    August 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    A huge thank you to “No Fish Farms in Tasmania’s East Coast Waters” for coming along and recording the Rocky Cape Salmon Farm Meeting.

    Full video …

    Attendees where mainly professional and recreational fishermen, who were undoubtedly very concerned. Petuna themselves suggested they also needed to hear from the tourism sector, property owners etc.

    The draft Salmon farm proposal and Minister Rockliffe has suggested the new proposed salmon farms will be ‘oceanic’.

    This is a furphy as the farms are only allowed (as per state legislated waters) to be placed at the most 3 nautical miles (approx 5.5 km) off shore and as Petuna said in a depth of between approx 19 – 25 metres.
    Petuna have suggested an area of approx 400 hectares and possibly around 100 pens. Triple this if Tassal and Huon salmon farms are also given leases and the visual impact alone will be horrific.

    The draft Salmon farm proposal and Minister Rockliffe has suggested there will be bench-marking based on international peers.

    Many countries have gone/going to land based salmon farming. Petuna said it was not viable for them at this time. Petuna also said the government/EPA wanted a broad area of research from which to gather their baseline data. This means the real-time cumulative negative effects are spread over a larger area, which then will not give a true picture.

    Minister Rockcliffe has vamped up the jobs mantra.

    Petuna sugguested the processing would be in their Devonport factory and quite a number of the jobs would require the professionals who know/work in the industry.

    The Liberal government is simply trying to gather votes for the coming election on the back of a false promise of jobs.

    Petuna suggested that [the government] announcing that salmon farming is coming to the N/W – Circular Head region doesn’t actually depict the true reality of it.

    If the feedback from the draft salmon farming proposal is the governments way of spuriously suggesting a social license, then they are seriously mistaken.

    Petuna has said it will require a couple of years of research before knowing what areas in the far N/W region would be viable, and would envisage commissioning a salmon farm in about 3 years.

    Is the Liberal government waving an election flag on the back of salmon farms? More than apparently so!

    Based on the fact that Petuna cannot give any definitive answers at this point, I asked Petuna to ask the government to give the public more time (beyond the 8th Sept 2017) to respond/comment on the draft salmon farm proposal, so we have all the facts upon which to respond.


  4. Robin Charles Halton

    August 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    The main reason for recent freshwater lobster decline would be attributed to the over zealous clearing by MACHINE of land for eucalypt plantation containing soaks and Class 4 streams associated with those lobster habitat streams that drain into Bass Strait.

    I remember when regularly travelling from Oonah-Tewksbury-Hampshire during the 1990’s the Upper Cam River watershed being stripped almost of its entire native vegetation by North Forests for HWP development.

    I can concur with Claire re land operations but remain unconvinced that operations seaward of the coastline would affect lobster habitat!

  5. Ted Mead

    August 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Yep great article Claire, and pertinent to all this Salmon farming nonsense!

    Just goes to show we have learnt nothing since the Cane-Toad introduction!

    There was no research done before the Toads’ introduction, just as there was none done, or even thought about, before Salmon farming in our waters!

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