Backflip on super trawler night fishing ban gives dolphin deaths the go ahead

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The Stop the Trawler Alliance of conservation and recreational fishing groups today expressed dismay at the Federal Government’s decision to allow the factory freezer trawler the Geelong Star to resume night fishing in the Small Pelagic Fishery, despite no evidence being provided that the vessel can avoid killing more dolphins and seals.

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Will the Abbott Government Approve the Geelong Star Slaughter of Dolphins?

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Nine dolphins have already died as a result of the Coalition Government allowing the operation of the European freezer factory trawler, the Geelong Star, in Australian waters. As dolphins are more likely to be killed at night, a ban on night trawling was imposed in an attempt to stop more deaths and allay public concerns. Unbelievably, the Abbot Government and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority are considering lifting the night-fishing ban, which will undoubtedly result in more dolphin deaths. 

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