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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


‘Industry veteran warned of ‘disaster’ in fish farm expansion on Tasmania’s Macquarie Harbour’

One of the original salmon farmers on Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast says expanding the industry was always a “disaster waiting to happen”.

The head of the state’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) admitted on Friday that the science behind the decision to massively expand fish farming in Macquarie Harbour was wrong.

The harbour on Tasmania’s west coast has seen a series of mass fish deaths and stock reductions over the past two years.

One third of the harbour is inside the World Heritage area.

Ron Morrison said he wrote to the marine farming branch of the state’s planning authority in December 2011 to express his concern over the proposed expansion of marine farming …

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SIX YEARS ago Kim Booth warned that expanding fish farming in Macquarie Harbour was a recipe for disaster …

Fish Farm surveys reveals serious environmental damage The Tasmanian Greens today called on the Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green to rethink his blind support for a proposed marine farm expansion in Macquarie Harbour, given serious environmental concerns revealed in documents obtained by the Greens under Right to Information …

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  1. Russell

    April 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Re #9
    That happens in all fish tanks.

    Keep putting more in, and eventually you will get to a point where the fish know there isn’t enough room and start killing each other until there is.

  2. Claire Gilmour

    March 29, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    The current salmon farm industry in Tasmania is imploding … infighting and legal action between salmon farms and government being reminiscent of the forest industry, Gunns, and the government.

    Government gifted big quotas/expansion equals all unsustainable.

    And when the bust comes it’s always the little people, small businesses, the taxpayers, the Tasmanian populace who pays the price for government/corporate greed.

    It beggars belief the government has wanted to double the size of fish farms in Strahan, where it has been proven to be unsustainable, whilst also gifting the expansion on the East and North West Coast.

    Your average Liberal and Labor Political is obviously not very bright! If indeed not corrupted …

  3. max

    March 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    If you cut to the chase, it is not about overstocking of fish or the clear felling of forests – its about jobs. The whole human race would destroy the world if it promised jobs.

    Every election is won or lost on who can offer the most promises of jobs, no matter what is destroyed in the pursuit of the fabled promised jobs.

    While governments and businesses are holding out the fabled carrot of jobs, the destruction of the world can continue with very little opposition. I say fabled jobs because both government and business are shedding as many jobs as they can. Automation, computers, robots and 3d printers are taking away any possibility of job futures but no one is saying that your long term job future is zilch or next to it.

    To rub salt into the wounds of unemployment, business sheds jobs at the first opportunities, such as age or disabilities, but the government increases the age at which you can retire.

  4. Dave Parsell

    March 28, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I used to have two goldfish in my goldfish bowl and they were healthy. Then I put another ten in and they all died. Anyone have any clues as to why?

  5. Russell

    March 27, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Re #7
    “Having the support of the Catholic church is certainly bonus”

    Corruption supporting corruption?

  6. Lynne Newington

    March 26, 2018 at 9:22 am

    #6 …”There are too many excuses flying around here as to why the ALP/Greens didn’t get up in the last election.”

    Having the support of the Catholic church is certainly bonus .. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-27/why-is-the-funding-of-catholic-schools-so-controversial/9586148 .. and Bill Shorten knows the buttons to push.
    It makes one wonder big time about eventually becoming a republic. An old article by Humanist Max Wallace would fit in here: http://www.hsnsw.asn.au/MaxWallace.html

  7. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    March 25, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    There are too many excuses flying around here as to why the ALP/Greens didn’t get up in the last election.

    It was winnable but was thrown away on an issue that needed at least an extra couple of election cycles, because the pokies industry is very wealthy and powerful and cannot be taken down in one go. Blind Freddy should have been able to work that one out!

    And as a result, the chance to fix the fish farming industry, which is not nearly so powerful, was lost.

    The damage those fish farmers are going to do to parts of Tasmania’s coastline over the next election cycle is not due to ‘corruption’ so much as the political incompetence and lousy judgement of those who should have won!

    Good ideas and high sentiments are two a penny. They do not of themselves win political battles. Virtue does not trump money and it never does until a great deal of ground work has been done; eight to ten years at least.

    The pokies industry is like a powerful bull. It has to be weakened and tired out by picadors before the matador has even a chance to make with the cloak theatrics and the final coup de gras.

    The demise of the timber industry should have been the model for tackling it. So instead of blaming everyone else for the perfidy of the election outcome, do a little self reflection…

  8. TV Resident

    March 25, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    John Hayward, I have to agree with you 100%. Money talks, money buys anything, even dodgy approvals, and money can also pay to avoid conviction of any kind. It is such a shame that our gov’ts allow themselves to be controlled by ‘big business’ money. We are just the peasants that they lie to at election time in the hope that we will vote for them. Nothing more, nothing less.

    It amazes me that there are soooo many gullible voters in Tasmania .. controlled by money also???

  9. john hayward

    March 25, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    There is no environmental challenge so great that it can’t be overrun by a donation to the LibLabs, particularly when the blue-green light has been given by the Fed Libs’ partial abolition of marine reserves.

    John Hayward

  10. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    March 25, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    It’s a great pity this issue wasn’t a lot more prominent during the last election.

  11. Steve

    March 24, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Have to agree with comment #1. Take scientific opinion and spin it enough and it’ll say whatever you want.
    This is seriously depressing stuff. Not just because of the obvious “told you so” point, but because I doubt anyone will be held accountable. Screw up an entire harbour. Cause huge amounts of damage to eco-systems we probably don’t even know exist, and are quite likely in a world heritage area. Really good look for Tasmania, and yet I can almost guarantee no-one will be held responsible.

    Our state is run by highly paid individuals. They seem to fail with monotonous regularity. Perhaps we could introduce some old fashioned retribution, such as 24 hours in the stocks being pelted with salmon morts. Wouldn’t fix Macquarie Harbour but might focus their successors on something other than electoral donations.

  12. Studler van Surck

    March 24, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    The science got it wrong? BS. It was consultants’ assumptions masquerading as science that came to the conclusions that all would be well which was so desperately desired by those who commissioned the report.

    It is similar science that which assured the gullible public that Tassal’s foray into Okehampton Bay would be sustainable and not harm the environment. Tassal of course, assures doubters that their operations in Okehampton Bay will be ‘world class’ and ‘best practice’ when clearly that is BS also. In order to keep fish in excess of allowed quota in Macquarie harbour they could suddenly catch shit and unused feed from pen – indeed some 70% of all waste by their own reckoning. Clearly a vast improvement but hardly volunteered.

    Now it is moving to a new and unpolluted area on the East Coast where they can revert to the old practice of not catching waste. Proven technology dumped like the ‘morts’ in Strahan.

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