Burke’s intervention not enough

Media Release -  Tuesday 5 September

Despite Minister Burke’s decision, the issues of bycatch and wider threats to marine life from the super trawler FV Margiris have not been addressed, and the super trawler alliance urges the Federal Government to act to keep super trawlers out of Australia.

“The conditions that Environment Minister Tony Burke proposes to apply to this super trawler go some way to increase protection for dolphins, seals and seabirds, but alone, they are not enough to protect our marine life and fisheries,” said Tooni Mahto, Australian Marine Conservation Society.

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FV Margiris—another skeleton in the closet

The FV Margiris has a long and dark history.

During the late 90's when it was known as the "Atlantic Star", growing opposition from fisherman and American public stopped it from fishing in US waters and drove it off to Europe. Below is how Greenpeace USA told the story.

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