Macquarie Harbour joint venture no PR exercise, says Tassal

Updated May 17, 2018 17:39:03

Australia’s biggest salmon company Tassal has struck a deal with Petuna to share fish farming operations in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast.

The companies insisted the deal would not result in job losses.

The arrangement will allow the two companies to share leases and separate baby fish from mature fish, which the companies said will prevent fish disease and improve biosecurity.

The announcement follows mass fish deaths in the harbour and an admission from the Environment Protection Authority that the leases were massively overstocked based on bad science.

The companies said there will be no job losses but 12 Tassal workers would be redeployed to the company’s other sites.

Tassal CEO Mr Ryan said the joint venture would secure jobs.

“Making sure the environment is healthy leads to making sure fish are healthy, which then leads to job security,” he said.

He said separating the fish would lessen the spread of disease between young and old fish.

Photo: The 2012 expansion of fish production in the harbour was based on bad science, says the EPA. (Supplied)

“What it will mean for us is we should see better yields, better survivability coming out our fish up there, which could mean there is more production,” he said.


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