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Save the Maugean Skate from extinction!

Image provided by Environment Tasmania, Courtesy of Dr. Neville Barrett. Image provided by Environment Tasmania, Courtesy of Dr. Neville Barrett.

Australia is facing a conservation crisis as the Maugean Skate, a ray species that has existed since dinosaurs roamed the earth, battles to survive against the impacts of industrial salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania.

With less than 1,000 Maugean Skate left, and Macquarie Harbour as their only remaining habitat, urgent action is needed to prevent the extinction of this ancient species.

In 2012, the Environment Minister permitted the expansion of fish farms in Macquarie Harbour under the condition that it wouldn’t harm the already endangered Maugean Skate. However, recent studies confirm that salmon farming has significantly impacted the skate, pushing it closer to extinction. 

The Reichstein Foundation is proud to be backing the ‘Save the Skate’ campaign, spearheaded by Environment Tasmania, an advocacy organisation that unites environmental groups and community members to care for Tasmania’s unique environment, including its wildlife, forests and oceans. 


How You Can Help:


Woolworths and Coles, as major players in the Australian retail landscape, hold significant influence over the fate of the Maugean Skate. By refusing to source farmed fish from Macquarie Harbour, these supermarket giants can play a pivotal role in preserving the Skate’s last remaining habitat. 

Sustainable Investment Exchange (SIX), a share trading platform driving social change through investor activism, is partnering with Environment Tasmania to empower shareholders of Woolworths and Coles to use their investor power for good. The Reichstein Foundation is proud to be a campaign partner. 

The clock is ticking for the Maugean Skate, and collective action is crucial to ensuring its survival. By raising awareness and leveraging shareholder power, we can help save this ancient species from the brink of extinction. There are a number of ways to get involved:


Take Action: 




  • Trusts and foundations that want to collaborate with the Reichstein Foundation, Environment Tasmania and SIX on the campaign to influence Coles and Woolworths, please contact