Recommendation to Raise Quota for Super Trawler Fishery

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A stakeholder forum heard yesterday that the newly appointed scientific panel for the controversial Small Pelagic Fishery in which the super trawler Geelong Star operates, is recommending an increase in the total catch despite ongoing concerns from recreational fishers and conservationists that it will cause localised depletion, impact on protected species, and the operations are shrouded in secrecy. 

 

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Industry Pushes Super Trawler Impacts Onto Southern Australia

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The Stop the Trawler Alliance is alarmed that the Small Pelagic Fishing Industry Association is pushing the super trawler into southern Australia and claiming that they are reducing impacts on recreational fishers and marine life. 

“The Industry decision to pause use of the super trawler in Zone 7 in northern NSW is designed purely to silence MP Bob Baldwin before the Federal Election without having an impact on their fishing operations. There has been community outrage and local MP Bob Baldwin has done the right thing and responded to this, however the industry doesn’t have a permit from the NSW Government for super trawlers to fish there anyway,” said Nobby Clark of Game Fish Tasmania Sports Fishing Club. 

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