EPA admits Mac Harbour science wrong, plans to reduce biomass

8250460-3x2-940x627The latest IMAS report on the health of Macquarie Harbour confirms continued low levels of dissolved oxygen in mid-bottom waters and a decline in benthic faunal abundance, including within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Today, the EPA Director has said that he believes the scientific modelling underpinning the decision to expand operations in Macquarie Harbour was wrong, and a significantly reduced biomass cap (9,000t) was required.  You can read our various submissions on this issue here.

The Director flagged his intention to reduce the cap to all three farm operators on 5 March 2018, and the decision has been the subject of questions during Federal Court proceedings this week initiated by Huon Aquaculture.

Huon Aquaculture is claiming in these proceedings that the Commonwealth Minister for Environment and Energy has failed to properly regulate the impacts of salmon farming on the endangered Maugean Skate, and the TWWHA. In submissions to the Court, Huon’s legal counsel described the the conditions attached to the Minister’s decision to allow the expansion of salmon farming in the Harbour as “hopelessly meaningless”.

For more information about the court case, click here.

For an updated timeline of events in Macquarie Harbour, click here.

EDO Tas Bulletin 4/2018

IMG_8536 - resizeCelebrate St Patrick’s Day by heading out to somewhere green… or just reading the latest EDO Tas Bulletin to catch up on environmental law news – everything from marine debris to local planning to fish farming to exciting climate change legal actions.

Election Commitments – Planning and Environment

isWe’ve trawled through all the election policies in the lead up to the State election on 3 March 2018.  Before you head to the polling booth, check out what’s being promised by the key players:

Election Commitments 2018 – Overview (updated 2 March)

We’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible, but can’t guarantee we haven’t missed anything.  Commitments are based on published commitments only.  This table is a summary of the policies only – it is not an endorsement of any policies or an assessment of the effectiveness or reliability of any promises made by the parties.
Authorised by Jess Feehely, 131 Macquarie Street, Hobart.

EDO Tas Bulletin 3/2018

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The latest edition of the EDO Tas Bulletin includes comprehensive review of election commitments as well as updates on the cable car works authority, fruit fly incursion, loads of upcoming events and opportunities to have your say on everything from Hobart City Council’s climate policy to the national biodiversity strategy.

Human Rights and the Environment

As Victor Hugo famously said, it is impossible to resist an idea whose time has come. The interdependence of human rights and the environment is an idea whose time is here.

Human rights + envSo says the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment in his report outlining framework principles that he will urge the Human Rights Council to adopt later this year.

Read more…

Climate events

climate justiceThere are a lot of excellent community climate events coming up in southern Tasmania.  Hope you can get along to some of them!

6-7 Feb: Frontiers in Environmental Law – research colloquium

8-10 Feb: Imagining a Different Future – international climate justice conference

8 Feb:  Public talk – Climate Ethics Amidst Climate Injustice

10 Feb: Climate Justice Community event

14 Feb: Hobart City Council Climate Strategy Community Forums

26 Feb: Climate Solutions Luncheon with Paul Hawkens, hosted by Sustainable Living Tasmania

Revised Draft Major Projects Bill

Planning

Revised draft legislation to introduce a new process for declaring and assessing “major projects” is currently out for public comment until 29 January 2018.

Read more…

EDO Tas Bulletin 20/2017

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Enjoy the last EDO Tas Bulletin for 2017 – covering climate policies, TWWHA updates, the salmon growth plan and a call for nominations for National heritage places, threatened species and ecological processes.

EDO Bulletin 19/2017

Image: The Mercury

Image: The Mercury

Heritage fines, fish kills, wild deer, climate strategies, solar panels, RTI delays, and the world’s largest MPA. Plus heaps of events, and our Christmas cards.

All this and more in the latest EDO Tas Bulletin!