Premier Rockliff backs Antarctic plunder for salmon feed

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Today, Premier Rockliff visited a salmon feed factory operated by Biomar, in Wesley Vale.

This visit once again shows how little the Tasmanian government cares about the oceans. As part of the Bob Brown Foundation’s investigative report into krill fishing in the Antarctic released last year, it was revealed that Biomar feed produced here in Tasmania for salmon contained 1200 tons of krill meal per year.

The Premier’s visit also comes at a time when the salmon industry is pushing the Maugean Skate to extinction in Macquarie Harbour on the West Coast.

“Biomar is responsible not only for facilitating the environmental disaster that is salmon farming but for the plunder of the Antarctic by supertrawlers as well,” said Alistair Allan, Antarctic and Marine campaigner at the Bob Brown Foundation.

“Premier Rockliff time and again shows that he has absolutely no regard for the oceans, rivers and bays of Tasmania and instead chooses to throw his support completely behind this environmentally destructive industry.”

“Whether it be causing the extinction of the Maugean Skate, the bombing of native seals, or supporting companies that pillage the Antarctic wilderness, Premier Rockliff is catastrophic for our marine environment.”

“The Premier and the Tasmanian government will be complicit in the first extinction of a shark or ray caused by aquaculture anywhere in the world if the Maugean Skate disappears. The Premier must not allow this to become part of Tasmania’s legacy. Fish farms need to be removed from Macquarie Harbour immediately,” said Alistair Allan, Antarctic and Marine campaigner at the Bob Brown Foundation.

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