Another one bites the dust

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...

Whilst the company says that the fishing is so good off New Zealand, they have decided to stay there, we know that the pressure we applied to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the Government, and through publicising the proposal in the media, made a difference.

You can read a Sydney Morning Herald article about the factory trawler staying home here and more about the concerns we raised here

Stay tuned, as we turn the heat up on the Federal Government, and help us make this temporary ban permanent by signing the petition to Prime Minister Abbott to protect our fisheries and our marine life


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