Huon lodges court proceedings against Tassal
Tasmanian salmon producer Huon has lodged proceedings against fellow Tasmanian salmon producer Tassal.
In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Huon said it has lodged proceedings in the Federal Court seeking a declaration that Tassal is in breach of the Macquarie Harbour biomass determination issued by the Tasmanian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that took effect on 1 June 2017.
Tassal has however already denied that it is in breach of any Macquarie Harbour biomass determination.
The biomass determination in question provides Tassal with an allocation of 2, 067 tonnes across Tassal’s 214 and 219 leases.
Huon said Tassal’s submission to the EPA on 23 May 2017 shows a proposed production schedule with biomass levels of over 4, 000 tonnes in in 2017, increasing up to 5, 000 in August 2017 and peaking at 7, 000 in December 2017 and January 2018.
“This means that based on Tassal’s own information they will be in breach of their biomass allocation from June 2017,” Huon said.
Tassal has responded to news of the proceedings by saying there are “misleading errors” in Huon’s ASX announcement, denying any breach.
Tassal further stated that the EPA is in possession of Tassal’s current production and biomass numbers and that Tassal can confirm it has received approval to trial a waste capture system to improve environmental conditions in Macquarie Harbour.
Chief Executive Officer of Tassal, Mark Ryan, said “All three of Tasmania’s salmon farming companies had historically worked collaboratively, getting back to that position is critica.”
Huon’s decision to lodge legal proceedings follows on from its February 2017 decision to lodge Federal Court proceedings against the Tasmanian government, accusing the government of not properly regulating salmon farming at Macquarie Harbour.