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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

Economy

‘Archer Must Explain Decision not to Exit Macquarie Harbour’

*Pic: Fish farms in Macquarie Harbour …

The death of 1.38 million fish in Macquarie Harbour last summer confirms a catastrophic regulatory failure by the EPA and the State Government’s policy directives that govern its activities. This mass salmon death reveals the Liberals’ complete failure to protect the harbour’s marine environment and the threatened species and World Heritage values it contains.

It’s the Minister for the Environment, Elise Archer, who is responsible for setting the EPA’s policy directives to protect the marine environment, and she has failed to do that.

The community has lost confidence in the Minister’s capacity to regulate the salmon farming industry.

The Liberals in government have overseen dead zones, damage to World Heritage values, and close to zero dissolved oxygen levels in the harbour. It’s a marine ecosystem in crisis.

Minister Archer must reveal the impact of intensive fish farming on Macquarie Harbour’s threatened species and World Heritage values, so we know the full story.

So far, all we know is how many farm salmon died over summer, not the impact on the harbour’s environment.

Last summer, nearly 1.4 million salmon died in the toxic soup that is Macquarie Harbour. The Environment Minister must tell Tasmanians how she can possibly justify permitting industrial farming to continue in the severely degraded harbour.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. john hayward

    May 30, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Elise Archer doesn’t have to answer for anything. She probably couldn’t, in any case.

    The Forestry disaster is proof that even the most abysmal environmental and financial debacles are acceptable – as long as they enrich one or more VICs (Very Important Cronies).

    John Hayward

  2. Pete Godfrey

    May 30, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    There will be no explanation.

    This government has followed the exemplary example of the Secret Squirrel. It knows that if it just sits tight long enough there will be something on TV that will distract the punters .. and they will forget about it.

    A perfect example is the member from the North West who lied to parliament .. and has never had to answer for his actions.

  3. William Boeder

    May 31, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Hello Rosalie Woodruff MP …

    Both John Hayward and Pete Godfrey are right up to speed regarding ministerial ignorance and the people of Tasmania being lied to in our parliament. The facts presented in this video tell of the increasing amounts of evidence and information relating to the current methodology of fish farming as we in Tasmania already know. The fact is that our Liberal party ministers only know how to rig State budgets, and little else.

    Our knowledge came to us via the Tasmanian fish farm ponds or pens, and the concentrated populations crammed into each pond or pens that quickly became problematical down Macquarie Harbour way on the Mid West Coast of Tasmania.

    Hereunder is a link to a video presentation that tells the viewer that the most toxic farmed fish species in this world happens to be oceanic salmon. In this video we learn that the major offending country is Norway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYYf8cLUV5E where one has to mentally re-jig one’s thoughts about the deep, clean waters of Norway’s fjords, with their fresh new waters flowing in from the annual snow-melt entering their already pristine waters.

    Perhaps Ms. Rosalie Woodruff MP could send a copy of this link to Tasmania’s Environment Minister so that the people can soon expect an apology from MS Elise Archer MP, one who knows far less about this component of her ministerial portfolio than a great many Tasmanians, something which does not serve her well.

    Surely it must be a given that the people of Tasmania are already familiar with the endless cover-ups Ms Archer MP has engaged in.

    The last thing we in Tasmania want to see is the continuation of Liberal party ignorance about the significant news events and the reports affecting our major State fish farm production industry.

    The portfolio held by Ms Archer is a portfolio that requires this minister stay up to date with the international trends and reports related to the worldwide fish farming industry so that she may better perform her appointed ministerial role.

    The disconnect of the Tasmanian Liberal party is already well known, and surely this will become an election issue where arrogant ignorance Vs vital knowledge.

  4. Robin Charles Halton

    June 3, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Rosalie Woodruff hasn’t a hope of persuading Elise Archer to expect the salmon industry to exit Macquarie Harbour, something that’s typical of the Greens’ inadequacy in dealing with farm fisheries as a fixed part of the longer term economy.

    Politically both are poles apart, so obviously therefore no give-and-take situation exists.

    However I do agree there needs to be a consensus, and so far salmon farming has already been reduced in Macquarie Harbour – a hard won decision based on excessive fish deaths because of over stocking and what appears to be lack of bite by the EPA.

    As we already know, the Greens would prefer zero salmon farming on most, if not all, of the state’s waterways.

    Overall I support Ruth Forrest’s (Murchison MLC) need for an Inquiry into the state’s salmon industry as both an essential and a more reasonable measure than by saying no salmon industry – as the Greens would prefer to advocate!

    Stamping out the cowboy element, and a more reasonable approach to stocking levels at any given time, is the best way for a balance between environment and production.

  5. William Boeder

    June 3, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    #4 … I could tell by the content of your email that it was from the keyboard of Robin Charles Halton after the email advice that I had received a new response to a Tasmanian Times article.

    I am unable to understand the need for you to continue to slag the Tasmanian Greens. The true dogs of danger and disaster are the state’s Liberal and possibly Labor government ministers, along with the EPA with its contrary opinions and docile statements.

    Did you bother to open the link, Robin?

    No, I did not make any reference to the Greens party, yet you make your assertions in a highly biased manner to display your political party bigotry. I happen to base my political opinions on pure, identifiable fact.

    In my opinion, it is time that specific allegations must be cast into this state’s mainstream media relating to the grossly delinquent governance in this state under Will Hodgman and his confederate ministers. This is not an action of defamation, far from it, as my comment relies upon known facts.

  6. Robin Charles Halton

    June 4, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    #5, Rather simple William, allow the good Legislative Counciller Ruth Forrest put it to her parliamentary collegues to have an Inquiry into the regulation of this important industry for the State.

    Little big time talk coming from the Green goof, Rosalie Woodruff will go no where with a Liberal Government who despises any Green interference in the running of Parliament.

    There could be some rather simple solutions to prevent further salmon deaths giving both the EPA regulators clout and the growers the flexibility to farm waters then either destock areas completely for a period of time, by allowing marine environmental conditions to recover!

    The resource is FINITE our waters can only cope with certain numbers of fish at any one time, the industry has been caught out by trying to grow itself to quickly by increasing stockings at the detriment of both the growing stock and the environment in which is being farmed.

    It is called greed by those mainly American sounding top managers and it must stop.
    I suspect that most Tasmanians would want to see a sustainable industry maintained over a period of time.

    In the mean time I will look at the link that you have already examined with Ms Woodruff!

    I am stuck for time at present preparing my winter outdoor duties for days out in the open environment choosing sunny but shorter days in places of high scenic quality in nature.

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