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Public Release of the Technical Report prepared by IMAS

08 February 2017

Public Release of the Technical Report prepared by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

The attached Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Technical Report, Environmental Research in Macquarie Harbour- Interim Synopsis of Benthic and Water Column Conditions January 2017, was prepared by Dr Ross and Associate Professor MacLeod at the EPA Director’s request in November 2016.

The three salmon companies were advised that this report would be made publically available as the earliest opportunity once it had been finalised and cleared by the University or Tasmania.

The report is both comprehensive and technical. As such, prior to it being made publically available the University of Tasmania has an internal review process that ensures reports and publications meet appropriate research and academic standards. In addition the report references externally funded research projects and therefore other research organisations needed to sign off on certain aspects of the report. These are important steps in the preparation of scientific material, and do take time to complete.

This report forms part of the information that the Director considered when making the biomass determination for the period from 14 February to 30 April 2017.

IMAS Technical Report on Macquarie Harbour Condition