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Appeal against new Tassal site wins ground

Protective netting must now be used on the farms.

An appeal against a Federal Court decision to allow Australian salmon farmer Tassal to operate a fish farm in Okehampton Bay has been in part upheld, reports The Advocate.

Owners of large environmental and tourism organizations Bob Brown and Graeme Wood challenged the federal Environment Department's decision to allow the fish farm to operate but this was struck down by the federal court last year.

An appeal of the case on Monday was upheld in part due to the department's decision not to write into the permit a requirement for the company to use K-Grid netting and use bundled feed and servicing lines.

This netting would allow for greater protection for migrating species such as the Southern right whale.

While the company already uses this type of netting on its 28-pen fish farm, which extends over 86 hectares, the court decision has now made it a legal requirement.

Part of the appeal also focused on the visual impact the pens had on the World Heritage-listed Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island but this was dismissed.

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