Toxic algal blooms on the Tasman Peninsula

Only weeks after taking action against Tassal’s factory salmon farms at Long Bay on the Tasman Peninsula, toxic algal blooms have now been detected at White Beach and Nubeena.

Both these locations are very close to Tassal salmon farms.

Tasmanian health authorities have issued a warning stating that wild shellfish should not be consumed in these areas due to the toxic algal blooms.

“This is exactly what locals have been highlighting for years and this is why salmon farms need to get out of Long Bay and the Tasman Peninsula,” said Alistair Allan, Bob Brown Foundation Fish Farm campaigner.

“Tassal is hell bent on destroying the Tasman peninsula marine environment. These toxic algal blooms are directly related to salmon farms. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that intensively farmed fish and all the nutrients being dumped in the waters would cause blooms like this to happen.

We call on Premier Rockliff to categorically rule out that fish farms are not responsible for this algal bloom.”

“With Salmon escapes in the Huon Channel, and toxic blooms in the Tasman peninsula, there isn’t any respite for our marine environment. Salmon farms need to be removed from Tasmania’s waters,” said Mr Allan.

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