Strong support for protest at Tassal-sponsored ocean swim


The Tasmanian Alliance for Marine Protection (TAMP) supports plans by Friends of the Bays to hold a peaceful protest at the Sandy Bay Regatta Ocean swim sponsored by Atlantic salmon producer, Tassal.

"It's utter industry hypocrisy to sponsor a waterborne event by a tax-avoiding foreign company like Tassal which is destroying the waterways and marine life of our state," says Peter George, spokesperson for TAMP.

TAMP applauds the new group, Friends of the Bays and its Tasmanian surfing icons for stepping up to highlight the hypocrisy. Members of the statewide TAMP alliance will be there to support them.

"Tassal, Huon and Petuna are equally guilty of polluting Tasmanian waterways, are equally guilty in trying to preserve profits while allowing the Maugean skate to get closer to extinction in Macquarie Harbour and equally guilty of using harmful explosives and projectiles against protected fur seals.
Friends of the Bays are right in stating opposition to the industry is not based on anti-fish faming but on its practices. The Dennes Point Declarations makes this clear in urging the industry to move on to land in line with the global momentum."

Further comment: Peter George, spokesperson, TAMP 0426 150 369