Hawks Nest Fish Farm

That this House:

  1. Notes that Huon Aquaculture's kingfish farm off the coast of Port Stephens experienced a structural failure in January 2018.

  2. Notes that as a result of the fortress pen's failure, 20,000 mature kingfish have escaped into the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park.

  3. Notes the significant community concern regarding the environmental impacts of the failure, the potential economic impact on commercial fishers, and the steps being taken by Huon Aquaculture to prevent future failures.

  4. Notes that the Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries is a commercial partner in the fish farm venture.

  5. Urges the Government to establish an independent review of the fish farm trial, including the recent failure and an assessment of more suitable locations.


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