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Hundreds protest new Tassal salmon farm

The new farm has capacity for 800,000 fish.

Hundreds of Tasmanians crowded into Sullivan’s Cove Sunday to protest Tassal’s planned Okehampton Bay salmon farm, reports The Mercury.

Hundreds on paddle boards, kayaks, jetskis, runabouts and yachts converged on Hobart’s waterfront yesterday as about 1,000 more lined the docks to voice their concerns about the aquaculture development, which at its height would hold 800,000 fish and 28 pens in the bay near Triabunna.

Speakers called on Tassal to “stop trashing brand Tasmania” and for Premier Will Hodgman to step in and stop the farm.

A Tassal spokeswoman said the company respected people’s right to protest but would like to reassure Tasmanians that strict guidelines were in place to ensure the Okehampton Bay salmon farm had critical environmental protection programs.

Tassal hopes to have fish in the water in August pending completion of environmental conditions.


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