Paul Wilkins

  • posted about Stop Tassal Trashing Okehampton on Facebook 2017-06-27 13:43:33 +1000
    Just made a donation to Environment Tasmania

    Stop Tassal Trashing Our East Coast

    The pristine waters around Okehampton Bay provide vital calving habitat

    Tassal already have their machinery on the ground. They have no planning approvals and no social licence. To protect the coastline we love, our recreational fishing grounds, critical endangered whale calving habitat -- we must act now.

    This is just the thin edge of the wedge. We know the industry want to double in size over the next two decades and we can’t let Okehampton Bay be a new beachhead for their expansion up the East Coast.

    Your donation will help us continue to expose Tassal's illegal activities and explore every avenue to stop their Okehampton Bay plans. 

    Thank you for your support.

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  • signed An Open Letter to WWF 2017-04-21 14:47:50 +1000

    An Open Letter to the President of WWF Australia

    WWF support Tassal's destructive salmon farming operations. Help us let them know what's happening on the ground here in Tasmania - undersign our letter to their board.

    2,907 signatures

    President Mr Robert Purves
    WWF Australia
    1 Smail Street
    Ultimo
    NSW 2007

    cc Mr Dermot O’Gorman, CEO WWF Australia


    April 2017

    Dear Mr Purves

    An open letter regarding WWF's support of Tassal's destructive salmon operations

    We, the undersigned, write to urge you to cease immediately your support of Tassal and its destructive salmon farming practices in the place we love, Tasmania.

    Tassal has turned their largest lease in Macquarie Harbour into what scientists call a marine dead zone. The harbour is the outlet to the famous Franklin-Gordon river system and it was recently revealed that the dead zone from Tassal’s lease has spread into Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which we are responsible for protecting for future generations.

    This dead zone, creeping into the World Heritage Area, is putting at risk the very existence of the Maugean Skate, a prehistoric species found only in Tasmania. Like the World Heritage Area, the Skate is meant to be protected, but scientists estimate there are only 3000 individual skates left. They’re calling it the ‘thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) of the sea’.

    WWF does crucial work globally, but this time, you have got the balance wrong. Signing off on World Heritage damage and the extinction of a protected species is further than any environment group should go in a corporate partnership. You are making it harder for people who actually live in or love Tasmania to protect it. Tassal’s damage is not contained to Macquarie Harbour. A media investigation recently discovered Tassal were illegally holding protected fur seals. We know Tassal kill seals too, but they refuse to disclose how many.

    We know that WWF takes up to $500,000 a year in direct payments from Tassal. We’re worried this creates a conflict of interest that is influencing your decision to support their outdated inshore farming methods, which the company is about to expand onto Tasmania’s stunning east coast.

    WWF’s panda does not belong on Tassal packaging and your financial relationship makes it look like Tassal are simply buying kudos from a far-away international charity who could not possibly know what is happening on the ground. Your endorsement has to end. Please, for Tasmania’s marine ecosystem, withdraw from your endorsement and cease your financial relationship with Tassal.

    We know you have no office or staff in Tasmania, so we invite you to come here and meet with us, to take a tour of our damaged World Heritage Area, to meet with experts on the endangered Maugean Skate and the communities working to protect their backyards from the destructive practices you endorse.

    Sincerely

    Jodie Epper
    Chair, Environment Tasmania

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