Media Release - 20 October
The AFMA organised stakeholder consultation on the Small Pelagic Fishery last Friday was clearly designed as a media platform for the Australian Government to say that they had undertaken consultation with stakeholders. Conservation and recreational fishing groups remain concerned that these box-ticking exercises could be a signal that super trawlers are being considered for introduction into our waters. The groups remain united in the campaign to stop super trawlers being introduced into Australian waters and concerned with the low level of data available on the fishery’s movements and how to avoid localised depletion.
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Our hard work to protect Tasmania’s fisheries has paid off yet again. Recently a large Ukrainian factory trawler, Meridian, applied to fish off Tassie’s west coast. This trawler was welcomed by our fisheries management authority without consultation, despite questions raised about its “flag of convenience” – a practice well known internationally to be associated with vessels that flout environmental and workers laws. But, it turns out, they decided not to bring the Meridian to Tassie this year afterall...