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Marinus link the "death knell" for rare eagles

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There are fears the endangered wedge-tailed eagle could be a casualty of the fast-tracked Marinus link.

A second underwater cable is slated for construction from 2028 as part of the ambitious Battery of the Nation idea, but it would require 500 wind turbines operating on the Apple Isle; 150 of those on the 'eagle hotspot' of Robbins Island.

Dr Eric Woehler from Birdlife Tasmania says while renewable energy is important, we must choose the locations wisely and undertake due process.

“How can you possibly approve the Marinus Link without any Environmental Impact Assessment? It’s putting the cart before the horse.”

“These 'cables of death’ will destroy internationally-significant wetlands and the critically endangered shorebirds dependent on them.” 

Last year, Newscorp revealed at least 37 wedge-tailed and white-bellied sea eagles had been killed since 2002 at two Tasmanian wind farm sites - Woolnorth in the northwest, and Musselroe in the northeast.

It's prompted wind farm operators to trial cameras which would turn off the blades when birds approach.

The $3.5 billion dollar Marinus link is tipped to create nearly 3000 jobs in Tasmania, although it's still unclear who's paying.


 Image: Wedge-tailed Eagle © Eric J Woehler