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The Inertia

One of Australia’s premier beach breaks, Martha Lavinia, located on King Island off the coast of Tasmania, is currently under threat. A proposal that would see a salmon farm constructed just east of the surf break, by all measures, would have a devastating impact on the marine environment. Locals and many traveling surfers who’ve had the pleasure of visiting Martha Lavinia are up in arms.

According to Save the Waves, a Tasmania-based salmon producer called Tassal was granted a permit to explore options for a fish farm off King Island after government officials earmarked it as a potential location last August. The salmon industry is a major boon for the Australian economy generating $625.9 million per year.

And yet, the negative impacts intensive fish farming can have on natural environments is well-known. For one, open pen systems mean different forms of solid and dissolved waste will inevitably be released into the ocean.

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In an effort to spread awareness over the continued fight for Martha, Dave Rastovich recently traveled there to understand what’s at stake. As you’ll see, Martha cranks.

Learn more here.

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