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KICK THE KINGFISH! STOP HUON AQUACULTURE FARMING IN PORT STEPHENS-GREAT LAKES MARINE PARK!

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The undersigned petitioners ask that the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP act immediately to ban the construction and development of offshore fish farming aquaculture projects within the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park, including that of the Huon Aquaculture Group Limited and any projects currently in varying stages of development and planning. Port Stephens is located in New South Wales about 2.5 hour’s drive north of Sydney. The area is well known for its pristine beaches and dynamic marine environment. Port Stephens is also an important destination for whale and dolphin watching which underpins the local tourism industry.In 2005, the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park was established. It is the largest marine park in the state, covering approximately 98,200 hectares and includes 4 different ‘management zone types’ (sanctuary, habitat protection, general use and special purpose zones).  

It has become public knowledge that Huon Aquaculture Group Limited has partnered with the NSW Department of Primary Industry to purchase a research lease within a Habitat Protection Zone of our Marine Park. 2-3 sea pens will be placed within the lease to farm Kingfish. Additionally, the company plans to increase this number to up to 12 pens following a 5 year trial. Each pen will have a diameter of 52 metres with the total lease occupying approximately 62 hectares of public water.  

There are concerns for the negative impacts the aquaculture project will have with regards to:
•        Potential for transfer of pathogens/lice to wild kingfish stocks and potential escaped farm fish to inbreed with wild stocks;
•        Pollution and impact on water quality from faecal matter dropping out of pens and from excess feed fall out;
•        Navigation Issues for vessels travelling between Broughton Island and Port Stephens;
•        Whales, seals and dolphins that use the area;
•        Loss of public waters;
•        Increase attraction of large predators to the area;
•        Major impacts on currently operating tourism and leisure activities in the area. This industry provides over 2000 jobs and brings over $400 million into the local economy;
•        Sea pen location within a Habitat Protection Zone of the Marine Park; We are asking change.org members to help us stop the construction of these sea pens in our Marine Park.



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