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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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Greens warn on knee-jerk to reaction to sharks

Greens Senator Surfer, Peter Whish-Wilson, is disappointed the federal environment minister is politicking with the serious and sensitive issue of shark attacks, inviting applications for culls of Great White Sharks in his comments to The Australian this morning.

"Raising education and awareness on the risks and realities of shark encounters is crucial in this debate, and the federal environment minister's comments this morning are most unhelpful.

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Greens establish Senate Inquiry into the impact of climate change on fisheries and our oceans

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed the support of the Senate in agreeing to establish an Inquiry into the impact of climate change on our fisheries and on marine biodiversity.

“The nation has been shocked by the now annual bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef from heating oceans. What everyone may not be aware of is that global warming is driving dramatic changes throughout Australia’s marine estate and this is having enormous impacts.

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Marine Reserve recommendations unacceptable

The Greens unequivocally oppose the recommendations of a stacked Government review that was solely set up to provide cover for Tony Abbott’s green-bashing election stunt to wind-back the newly-established Commonwealth Marine Reserves.

Abbott’s decision to take an axe to marine conservation was simply part of his wider agenda of opening up the world heritage areas in Tasmania for logging, gutting the EPBC Act, removing charity status for environment groups and killing off any climate action.

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Greens to invest in Antarctic Science. It's time to remove the world’s blindfold as we face climate change

Greens spokesperson for Antarctica, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has today released the most comprehensive Antarctic science funding package ever put forward by a political party.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The work of Australia’s Antarctic scientists is pivotal in understand the risk of climate change. Nothing shows this more than the recent discovery that the East Antarctic ice-sheet giant isn’t as stable as we thought and is now starting to collapse. This alone could potentially add several metres to catastrophic sea-level rise.

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