Mass farmed salmon deaths raises concerns in Tasmania
Friday, May 22, 2015, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The deaths of hundreds of tonnes of salmon in a storm event that took place in Tasmania's west coast have reignited concerns about the environmental health of the Macquire harbour zone, which is home to large-scale fish farms owned by producers Tassal, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna.
Tasmania's firm Petuna reported the loss of about 85,000 fish worth about AUD 1 million (USD 788,000) that suffocated when a seawater surge changed oxygen levels.
Referring to this issue, Petuna CEO Mark Porter said the event was the result of a one-off weather event and ensured that for the firm it represents just a fairly minor loss as only 3.7 per cent of Petuna's fish stocks is in the harbour, ABC News reported.
On the other hand, Green's Senator Peter Whish Wilson renewed his calls for greater scrutiny of the aquaculture industry.
In response to this concern, Petuna CEO welcomed the the ... FULL STORY