Protestors occupy fish farm in Macquarie Harbour demanding action to save the Maugean Skate.

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Today in Macquarie Harbour, two activists have occupied a fish farm to send a very clear message that the Maugean Skate must not be allowed to go extinct.

Industrial fish farms have been scientifically confirmed as having a catastrophic impact on the Maugean Skate’s survival in the harbour.

“We are here today to remind Tanya Plibersek that she made a promise to the Australian public that there would be no new extinctions on her watch,” said Alistair Allan, Antarctic and Marine campaigner at Bob Brown Foundation.

“Tanya Plibersek’s own department listed removing or significantly reducing fish farm biomass as the number one priority before summer arrives to give the Maugean Skate a chance of survival.”

“In 2012, the condition of the environmental approval to expand fish farming in the harbour was that it must not impact the Maugean Skate. We now know unequivocally that it is.”

“Scientists issued an emergency warning in April and still nothing has been done to remove the catastrophic impacts that industrial fish farms have on this ancient marine creature, despite summer rapidly approaching.”

“With dead fish seen floating in the pens, this is a grim warning of what might transpire for the Maugean Skate this summer”

“We call on Tanya Plibersek to urgently remove all fish farms from Macquarie Harbour. She cannot allow the world’s first extinction caused by aquaculture to occur on her watch.”

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