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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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Labor and Coalition team up to block fish labelling bill: A blow for consumers, industry, and environment

Today the Labor, National and Liberal Parties teamed up in the Senate to vote down a simple country of origin seafood labelling bill that was co-sponsored by the Greens and cross-benchers.

This Bill was proposed following a long campaign by an unusual alliance of commercial fishing industry and environmental groups and was featured in the popular SBS TV Series “What’s the Catch?”

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spokesperson on Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling for the Geelong Star’s vessel management plan to be withdrawn given AFMA’s notification of yet another dolphin death last week.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

Today the Senate passed a resolution put forward by Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson calling on the Federal Government to better protect marine mammals in light of the eight dolphin deaths that resulted from the operations of the super trawler Geelong Star.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “I am pleased that the Senate voted to recognise that the Geelong Star dolphin deaths were unacceptable.

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Greg Hunt must say whether he agrees AFMA's latest Geelong Star measures will protect dolphins

The Greens Senator for Fisheries, Senator Whish-Wilson, is calling on Environment Minister Greg Hunt to say whether he agrees that the latest change to the Geelong Star’s management plan will prevent dolphin deaths.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “AFMA has now written three Vessel Management Plans for the Geelong Star and each time they have said the plan would be sufficient to protect dolphins.

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Mainland Federal Liberal MP calls for Geelong Star to be banned – Where are the Tasmanian Liberals?

It has been reported today in the Geelong Advertiser that the Liberal MP for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson has written to the Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries, Senator Richard Colbeck calling on him to ban the factory-freezer vessel Geelong Star.

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed this move and said, “I hope this is the beginning of an outbreak of common sense within the Liberal Party about the Geelong Star.

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