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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

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Environment or Economic Protection Agency Overseeing Macquarie Harbour?

The context of the EPA’s meeting to discuss “contingency planning for mass mortalities” in Macquarie Harbour is all wrong.

The EPA have acknowledged the harbour’s severely low oxygen levels are worse than last year, and as harbour waters continue to warm and higher numbers of diseased fish present, we desperately need an environmentally-focussed plan for the marine mass-mortality. By every measure, Macquarie Harbour has been stocked well past its limit.

When it comes to salmon farming, the EPA prioritises the financial bottom line of the three companies. It’s not protecting the Harbour’s marine environment, the unique marine species that call it home, or its World Heritage values.

The Environment Protection Agency is acting more like the ‘Economic Protection Agency’ in its mismanagement of Macquarie Harbour.

Under the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act, Minister Archer is responsible for ensuring salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour doesn’t significantly impact on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, or on the threatened Maugean skate. Breaches of that Act are punishable by imprisonment and substantial fine.

The EPA’s decision earlier in the year to allow Tassal to exceed their biomass capacity rang warning bells. Now Macquarie Harbour’s poor environmental conditions have caused the mass death of salmon, with many more anticipated. If conditions are killing the salmon, they’ll be killing the other marine life too.

The EPA has stopped prioritising threatened species and biodiversity, which it should be protecting first and foremost. The regulator has lost its way on salmon in Macquarie Harbour, and the rest of the State. The Environment Minister, Elise Archer, has a legal obligation to step in.
Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson

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  1. John Hawkins

    November 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Think EPA.

    Think Substantially Commenced Pulp Mill at Longreach.

    Think Permits.

    Think Corruption.

    Think Permits that smell of Dead Fish.

    Think Pollies.

    Think he who is holds the power and who calls the tune?

  2. TV Resident

    November 30, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    The EPA are utterly useless when it comes to looking after and caring for our environment.
    Where BIG BUSINESS and BIG MONEY are concerned everything else is ignored in favour of the BIG BUSINESS. This appears to be a major problem with the major political parties who only want to appease BIG BUSINESS and receive BIG FINANCIAL incentives for ignoring the environment. It’s always been that way in my opinion, but I think it is getting worse and there are more coverups, silence and ‘backroom’ deals on the part of the major political parties. To me this is called CORRUPTION.

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