Shoddy science and slippery stats support the super trawler quota

At last we're starting to see the analysis coming through interrogating the slippery statistics supporting AFMA's quota calculations for the FV Margiris. Dr Andrew Wadsley, of Australian Risk Audit has examined the methodology on which the supertrawler's quota for small pelagic fish has been set and come up with some alarming discrepencies which add further weight to the already formidable public and political opposition to the approval of the supertrawler's application to fish in Australian waters.

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Unseen Bycatch - impacts on commercial fisheries

The South Australian Sardine Industry Association has come out against the super trawler stating that it may catch sardines as part of it’s fishing in the small pelagic fishery, for which there is no extra available quota, and have a deleterious impact on their long-established and locally important industry.

This news of an otherwise unseen bycatch could have huge impacts on the health of the sardine population and the industry that relies on it. If there is no extra quota that Seafish could buy to sell the accidentally caught fish, they cannot market it legally, and will have to dump the dead fish, leading to big impacts on a tightly managed fish population and our valuable marine life.

For more information, see the Industry Media Release below from 5 September.

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