Hollywood superstar shares alarm over potential extinction of the Maugean Skate due to aquaculture.

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Today, Hollywood sensation Leonardo Di Caprio has called for the removal of salmon farms in Macquarie Harbour to prevent the extinction of the Maugean Skate.

The Maugean Skate has been pushed to the edge of extinction due to salmon farms in Macquarie Harbour, with the latest federal conservation advice labelling salmon farming as having a catastrophic impact on the Maugean Skate’s survival.

Leonardo Di Caprio raises awareness of critical conservation issues all around the world.

“It is completely unacceptable that the Tasmanian and Australian governments are willing to cause a world first extinction of the Maugean Skate, to protect the profits of huge, industrial companies. This is a matter of global significance, now getting the attention it deserves,” said Alistair Allan, Marine campaigner at the Bob Brown Foundation.

“There are global calls and awareness raising for animals going extinct all over the world. From rhinos in Africa to orangutans in Borneo, the Maugean Skate is no different. The Maugean Skate has been on this Earth for millions of years, we cannot willfully wipe it out. The whole world is watching”

“We thank Leonardo Di Caprio for telling the story of the incredible Maugean skate to millions of people. Wherever salmon farms are around the world, they cause huge environmental damage, but these farms in Macquarie Harbour are the only ones that will wipe an animal off the face off the planet forever. They must be removed immediately.”

“Wherever you are in the world, if you buy Tasmanian salmon, you are contributing to the extinction of the ancient and unique Maugean Skate. We know that people don’t want to be part of that. Macquarie Harbour is the Maugean Skates only habitat. It has nowhere to go. The message is: Save the Maugean skate, don’t buy Tasmanian salmon,” said Alistair Allan.

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