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Senate condemns Japan for breaching international and Australian law ahead of Sea Shepherd’s Hobart departure

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today met with the Sea Shepherd crew in Hobart before they leave to search for the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "In the dying hours of the last day of the Parliamentary year, the Australian Senate passed my motion condemning illegal whaling and the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean.

"The Senate also called for the Government to uphold their election commitment to send a Customs vessel to the Southern Ocean to monitor illegal whaling activity. 

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Super Trawler Geelong Star leaves Australian waters in mysterious circumstances

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes the news that the factory-freezer vessel Geelong Star has left Australian water.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This situation is bizarre. The fisheries authority has posted a mysterious statement on their website about the Geelong Star no longer being in Australian waters. They haven’t said when it left, where it is has gone and if it is coming back.

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Shark nets don't make the ocean safe, especially for marine life

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has strongly criticised the Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg for granting a blanket exemption for the NSW government to undertake a shark netting program.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Environment Minister is misusing a clause in the EPBC Act that exists to allow communities to respond to national emergencies like bushfires, wars and floods without seeking approval if there might be interactions with endangered species.

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Feds must intervene in Macquarie Harbour salmon farm regulation

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has used the latest EPA reporting on the state of Macquarie Harbour to write to Federal Environment Minister to ask him to reconsider the 2012 decision that the salmon farming expansion did not require assessment under the EPBC Act.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In the Senate Inquiry the Greens recommended that if any new information came to light or the impacts identified in the leaked reports are not solved, then the Federal Government needs to step in.

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Southern Ocean breakthrough a testament to environmental science and advocacy

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, strongly welcomes the decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve in the Ross Sea, part of the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Environmental groups have been passionately and assiduously campaigning to protect the world’s last intact marine ecosystem, the Ross Sea. I am proud to be part of the movement that so doggedly fights for the protection of the planet’s special places.

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NSW claims “jobs and growth” impacts from sharks to bypass EPBC Act

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has labelled the NSW Government’s rationale in requesting the Federal Government use emergency provisions to dodge environmental impact assessments as ludicrous. The NSW Government has given notice to the Federal Environment Minister saying he should use his emergency powers stating that media reports of shark interactions are likely to impact on “jobs and growth”.

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Whish-Wilson welcomes Huon Aquaculture's leadership on salmon farming

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, cautiously welcomed the leadership shown by Huon Aquaculture today in announcing strategic plans to expand its salmon farming pens off the coast of Tasmania to deep water locations.

"The Greens-initiated Senate inquiry recently heard comprehensive evidence on the many environmental, economic and social issues facing an expanding salmon industry.

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