November 3, 2016
Tassal makes the following statement in relation to Tassal’s dealings with Mr Hastwell and Dover Bay Mussels in 2015.
Tassal reiterates that at no time did Tassal demand or request Mr Hastwell not to make a submission to, or to not appear before the Federal Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications in relation to the regulation of the fin-fish aquaculture industry in Tasmania (Senate Inquiry).
Tassal and Dover Bay Mussels (Mr Hastwell) entered into an agreement for Tassal to acquire Dover Bay Mussels’ leases in 2015. The sale agreement contained a confidentiality clause and a non-disparagement clause, which are standard clauses for agreements of this kind. Mr Hastwell was represented by ER Henry Wherrett and Benjamin with respect to the sale agreement
At no time did we ever discourage Mr Hastwell from attending the Senate Inquiry. We note Mr Hastwell made a written submission to the Senate Inquiry.