Tassal barge tips over

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Incident happened on the 1st of April. Tasmanian salmon farmer will not say which vessel.

On Monday, the Mercury reported that a barge belonging to the Tasmanian salmon farmer Tassal sunk close to one of its pens.

But a spokesperson told SalmonBusiness that an “unmanned barge within a Channel Lease became unbalanced and tipped over in the early hours of 1 April”.

PHOTO: Used with permission from Gerard Castles/Killora

Tassal would not say which barge it was.

Local reports (whose images were picked up by the Mercury) claimed that there were concerns that around 6000 litres of diesel were on board.

“First and foremost, we can confirm there were no injuries to our people and any potential impact to the environment and other users were contained through the deployment of rapid response protocols. We can also confirm that no fish losses occurred,” said the spokesperson.

It is not known why the information was released on Monday when the incident happened on the 1st of April.

“Tassal advised the appropriate Federal and State government agencies. All other reporting protocols were followed,” the salmon farmer added.