Wrong way, go back – a warning to New Zealand.

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Today’s announcement of the approval of open-net salmon farming in New Zealand is a terrible one for New Zealand’s oceans.

Open-net salmon farming comes with a litany of environmental catastrophes and Bob Brown Foundation deals with these firsthand in Tasmania every day. 

Around the world and in Tasmania, some of the issues associated with salmon farming are:

• damage and loss of native fish and fisheries
• huge nutrient overloading of the sea floor and nearby ecosystem due to fish feed and fish faeces
• smothering of the sea floor and nearby ecosystems
• introduction of feral species due to mass escapes
• creation of oxygen dead zones
• algal blooms
• mass mortalities of farmed fish.
• antibiotic poisoning of native fish
• death and injury of native wildlife
• disease and animal welfare problems
• noise and light pollution
• marine debris

“This is an appalling decision and a backward step by the New Zealand government. All around the world, in places like North America, Scotland, Iceland and Norway, salmon farms are either being banned or facing ever-growing pressure to be removed. New Zealand is now lining up behind Tasmania as a corporate fall guy for this environmentally destructive industry,” said Bob Brown, environmentalist and former Australian senator.

“We are sounding the alarm to the New Zealand public that they should not allow this environmental destruction to occur off their coasts,” said Alistair Allan, Antarctic and Marine Campaigner at Bob Brown Foundation.

“Salmon farms are ruining Tasmania’s marine environment and pushing rare and endemic animals to the edge of extinction. It is a bullying, destructive industry that, once it takes hold in public waterways, is very difficult to get out.”

“New Zealand should immediately reverse this decision before it is too late,” said Alistair Allan. 

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