Union opposes environmental group claims to Tasmania’s salmon industry


The Australian Trade Union (AWU) is fighting for Tasmania’s $ 1 billion salmon industry in blame for widespread environmental and animal cruelty.

The AWU has accused environmental groups of causing catastrophic damage to the state’s Atlantic salmon agriculture through “serious and deliberate misinformation about its ecological and animal welfare implications.”

AWU Tasmania Branch Secretary Ian Wakefield Media statement In an era of heightened employment insecurity, the industry has supported the lives of thousands of families.

“The AWU Tasmania branch is focused on protecting members of the industry who make $ 996 million a year and more than $ 1 billion before salmon is processed,” Wakefield said. ..

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A large salmon farm off the coast of the tinderbox in the Hobart region of Tasmania, Australia. (Juergen Wallstabe / Adobe Stock)

Environment Tasmania (ET), one of the groups campaigning against abuse in the state’s salmon production, publishes reports over the years that have fostered public anger at some of the industry’s practices. I promised that.

ET claims that Tasmanian salmon farmers include genetically modified salmon in their fisheries, which can cause “double-headed” and spinal and jaw malformations.

“Tasmanian farmed salmon have been modified using” sex control technology “to produce all female fish.Some salmon have been genetically modified to carry extra chromosomes, “says ET. Web page..

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salmon. (Ramille Soares / Unsplash)

The group also argues that the meat needs to be dyed orange after discoloring from fish eating an unnatural diet of grains and slaughterhouse by-products.

They also claim that fish are “packed in enclosures and forced to swim in circles,” even though wild salmon usually travel long routes of thousands of kilometers. There is.

“Because they are packed in a fence, they are vulnerable to parasites such as amebas that cause amebic gill disease,” ET said. “Salmon companies process this by raising fish in freshwater. This is a very stressful process for fish.”

As a result, ET claims that it was common for one in six fish to die before harvest.

They also said that the fish farm caused the “marine dead zone”. This is where almost all life is lost due to low dissolved oxygen levels in the area. They claim that this also happened near a World Heritage area in the wilderness.

“The rich, biodiversity waters that are typically home to endangered species such as Mogenskating have become dull and barren,” said ET.

However, the AWU has blamed some of the claims made by environmental groups, saying that the fish were well cared for using the criteria given by RSPCA.

“RSPCA’s proprietary and approved farming scheme used in Tasmania has oxygen-rich water for farmed salmon to swim, closely monitored to ensure good health, swim comfortably, etc. It means enjoying enough space to do school activities with salmon, “said AWU.

AWU Secretary of State Dan Walton said salmon farming has made great strides since its inception.

“The modern Tasmanian salmon industry is very similar to its early years. By adopting an adaptive management approach, the industry can keep pace with the best environmental practices,” says Walton.

“This is a very technical, responsible and ethical industry that Tasmanians, and in fact all Australians, should be proud of.”