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Salmon Senate Inquiry part of ongoing scrutiny, not the end

The Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said, “Today’s release of the Senate report into salmon farming in Tasmania is part of ongoing scrutiny by the Greens and other stakeholders. This scrutiny will continue until the Tasmanian Government properly regulates the salmon industry, the environmental monitoring is transparent and the science, especially in relation to Macquarie Harbour, is better understood.

Genesis of Inquiry

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Senate fails to call for investigation into Montara oil spill six years after the tragic event

The Senate has failed to allow a motion to receive a vote that calls for the Federal Government to negotiate a full investigation on Montara Oil Spill with Indonesia, six years after the spill.

“It is a disappointing that the Senate denied formality on this motion, this is an important issue that deserves attention and action.

Tomorrow will be six long years since the Montara Oil Spill, a disaster that spewed oil into the marine environment for months.

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Hunt’s announcement of review into Marine Debris is welcome but months overdue

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes the belated announcement by the Environment Minister that a review of the Marine Debris Threat Abatement Plan has been completed.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Last October, in Senate Estimates, I asked if the review into the Threat Abatement Plan into Marine Debris was underway. The department official replied that the review was underway and would be completed by the end of that calendar year.

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Another Geelong Star dolphin death. Time to end this deadly farce.

Greens spokesperson on Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling for the Geelong Star’s vessel management plan to be withdrawn given AFMA’s notification of yet another dolphin death last week.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Last Friday AFMA placed on their website a notification that they had closed a zone of the small-pelagic fisheries because of a further dolphin death.

“Three times AFMA has signed off on the Geelong Star’s fishing techniques, and three times dolphins have died.

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Fish deaths leave more questions about Macquarie Harbour oxygen levels unanswered

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the salmon deaths in Macquarie Harbour.

“Last week I heard evidence from locals that a storm had caused the upwelling of dead and deoxygenated water below fish pens in Macquarie Harbour leading to millions of dollars of fish deaths.

“Now we have had it confirmed that some 270 tonnes of salmon have been killed.

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