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The fight for Martha – update and video

5 February 19

Martha Lavinia is a world-class surf break on King Island in Bass Strait that forms part of the Lavinia State Reserve and Lavinia Ramsar Site (internationally recognised wetland).  

For the locals and many international surfers it is recognized as one of the best waves and most beautiful surf locations on the planet. The wave has been visited by some of the most famous surfers in the world including John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Tom Carroll , Sunny Garcia, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Richard Tognetti (master violinist).

Commercial fish farm company Tassal Tasmania has been granted a permit to undertake preliminary work with regard to establishing a salmon farm immediately east of Martha’s (potentially 1 million fish in 22 sea pens just to start with).

In 2018 Surfrider Foundation Australia sent a team to King Island with World Surfing Champion, Barton Lynch where they met with the local community to hear their views on the proposed Tassal fish farms threatening Martha Lavinia Beach surf break.

Their views were overwhelmingly – ‘No’ to fish farms on King Island.

A short film directed, filmed and edited by Matty Hannon about the Surfrider team visit to King Island has gone viral in recent days as thousands of surfers around the world respond to the threat to Martha Lavinia Beach from commercial fish farming operations.  


King Island is a special place with a community that values highly its unique coastal and marine environments.

The community has declared April 2019 - SAVE MARTHA LAVINIA MONTH… stay tuned on and Facebook for more details!

Martha Lavina Beach campaign contacts:

Craig MacIntyre (Surfrider Foundation – Endangered Waves) - 0447407844

Charlie Stubbs (King Island) – 0427 564 296


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