Super Trawler still trying to fish in spite of ban

Media Release - 18 October 2012

The Stop the Trawler alliance is outraged that Seafish Tasmania are still pushing for the super trawler Abel Tasman (formerly Margiris) to fish in Australian waters, despite massive public opposition and the related legislation to temporarily ban it.

“The company is proposing to address the outstanding issue of localised depletion with a “move on” clause that is not based on science and therefore may not work. The information is simply not there to show that large ecosystem impacts will not be caused by this super trawler fishing,” said Rebecca Hubbard, Environment Tasmania’s Marine Coordinator.

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No Super Trawler Bill passes senate

Media Release - Wednesday 19 September

The Stop the Trawler Alliance has welcomed the passage of the Amendment to the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act to stop the super trawler from threatening Australia’s marine life and fisheries today.

“The Federal Parliament has responded to the overwhelming voice of concern from the Australian public to the introduction of an industrial-scale factory trawler into our fisheries. This unprecedented threat to our marine life and fishing is clearly unwanted by the community, and the Government have acted on their behalf today,” said Rebecca Hubbard, Marine Coordinator, Environment Tasmania.

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