False Claims from Environment Tasmania

  • At Huon, we welcome being challenged on the facts of our farming operations. However, it becomes impossible to engage when our detractors spread lies and make public claims that are not supported by factual evidence.
  • The claims made by Environment Tasmania (ET) (https://www.salmon.org.au/about) in its latest campaign are false and malicious. Huon believe the organisation should be held to account by being required to produce evidence to support its claims.
  • ET’s current outburst has been designed to damage the brand reputation of one of Tasmania’s finest foods, produced by an industry that is more closely controlled and regulated than any other form of primary production.
  • More concerning is that despite numerous invitations to visit our farm sites, ET have refused to come for a farm tour and learn how we are continuously working to be world-leading in terms of environmental management, fish-health practices and biosecurity.
  • ET has also actively refused to provide us with the criteria being used to measure the industry, which limits our ability to proactively respond or alter practices to achieve their “standard”.
  • We believe while individuals are entitled to their opinions, environmental groups must remain ethical and not use their position to communicate misinformation to audiences that interpret their statements as factual.
  • One of ET’s primary allegations is that the industry lacks transparency. As evidence to counter this claim, Huon Aquaculture was pleased to recently host The Project (Channel 10) on a tour of our farm leases. They asked to meet with us following concerns raised by ET and without hesitation we openly accepted. During the visit no topic was off-limits, and no restrictions were placed on The Project during the filming and interviewing of Huon sites and staff.
  • Furthermore, the constant claim we don’t disclose antibiotic use is false – we’ve been disclosing our antibiotic use for many years on our publicly accessible Sustainability Dashboard and website.
  • They claim we kill marine life under our pens – our leases in the Huon River/D’Entrecasteaux Channel have been subjected to extensive, independent broadscale monitoring for more than 20 years, and reports provided to government regulators indicate the exact opposite – seagrass beds are flourishing around these leases and we have located Handfish on a number of our oldest leases – information which is reported to IMAS and government.
  • Among many unsubstantiated claims from ET was the view that salmon farming is creating thick layers of fish waste on the seafloor.
  • During the on-water tour with The Project, the journalist was invited to choose any pen in Storm Bay and in full view of the film crew, a ROV camera was lowered into the water.  We saw fish, seals, seaweed, sandy seafloor and the occasional fish faeces floating through the water; no layer of fish waste, no build-up of fish feed/waste.  Storm Bay is one of the roughest stretches of ocean in the world and sediments of any description don’t remain in the same spot long enough to settle.
  • Not sure if ET undertook some simple research on both our website and Sustainability Dashboard because the facts are there! https://dashboard.huonaqua.com.au/ 

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