Today’s announcement that over half of the Maugean Skates in a trial captive breeding have died should be the absolute final wake-up call to both the Federal Government and the Tasmanian Government. Restoring the health of Macquarie Harbour is the only option left to save the Maugean Skate from extinction.
Industrial fish farms must be removed from Macquarie Harbour after federal conservation advice named fish farms as having a “catastrophic” impact on the Maugean Skate population.
“With half of the Maugean Skates in the breeding program now dead, there is not a second to lose. Fish farms need to be removed from Macquarie Harbour now,” said Alistair Allan, Antarctic and Marine Campaigner at Bob Brown Foundation.
“It really can’t be more serious – an animal is about to go extinct, and a captive breeding program is not the golden solution. If Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek is to have any chance of keeping her promise of no new extinctions she must remove fish farms from Macquarie Harbour.”
So far, all that has happened to save the skate is the industry tinkering with unproven toys and the government attempting to create a threatened species zoo, which is now experiencing a 50% death rate. The answer to saving the Maugean Skate is clear – fish farms have to go.”