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Helping hand for rare Tasmanian Handfish species

Elise Archer, Minister for Environment

I am pleased to announce $10 000 has been committed by the Hodgman Majority Liberal Government to kick-start the fundraising effort for endangered Handfish species today.

All money raised through the new Handfish Conservation Project Funding Campaign will be used to help stop the decline and support the recovery of Tasmania’s Red, Spotted and Ziebell’s handfish.

These unique fish prefer to walk on their ‘hands’ rather than swim and are listed under both State and Commonwealth Environmental legislation to help protect the species.

Handfish are one of the few species that have survived virtually unchanged since dinosaurs roamed the Earth and are only found in Tasmanian waters.

Our Government is committed to protecting our threatened species and ensuring their ongoing survival.

Donations can be made at the Handfish Conservation Project website handfish.org.au

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  1. Chris

    December 13, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Park an oil rig to prevent Pollution, eh?

  2. spikey

    December 12, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    10 grand is not even a joke, not even 1 person’s salary, as is allowing fish-farming in areas where endangered species likely to be impacted by fishfarming occur.

    No surprises from the environmental vandals comprising our climate change denying fascist government.

    • MjF

      December 13, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Always big on labels Spike, but no doubt short on actions. It’s a fund-raiser. What have you kicked in ?

      • spikey

        December 13, 2018 at 10:45 am

        I call it how I see it, and I have plenty of labels for you. Funnily enough I haven’t kicked anything into that particular fund-raiser, aside from my continued strong opposition to unsustainable fish-farm practices, fully supported by our fascist government which threaten hand-fish and skates, and goes completely against all but ‘bought scientific advice’ on environmental harm .. something you should be well familiar with in Tasmanian forestry.

        Are you suggesting $10k is not a completely disgraceful insignificant amount of money to kick in to assist species that our government, through atrocious industry mismanagement, is directly and knowingly threatening?

  3. TV Resident

    December 12, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    If the government is soooo committed to saving this particular fish, and the Skate on the West coast, it should force the salmon farms much further out to sea .. or get rid of these polluting pens completely.

    The pollution from intensive salmon farming is ruining Tasmanian waters.

    But I guess who pays the piper wins.

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