In 2012, the world's second largest super trawler, the Margiris, was proposed to be brought into Australian waters. This catalysed huge opposition from across the country and the world. Conservation, recreational fishing and tourism groups worked together to form an alliance, and worked with thousands of community members to win a temporary two-year ban on large freezer trawlers. That ban was replaced by a legislated ban on super trawlers over 130m long, leaving Australian waters wide open to shorter, equally destructive factory freezer trawlers.
While conservation groups and recreational fishing groups don’t always agree on individual issues, we both seek to ensure a healthy marine environment. The following groups are united in the campaign to stop super trawlers. If your group would like to join the alliance, contact us.
Australian Marine Conservation Society
Tasmanian Conservation Trust
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
The Wilderness Society
Humane Society International
Fishers for Conservation
Victoria National Parks Association
Tuna Club of Tasmania
St Helens Game Fishing Club
Conservation Council of Western Australia
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
TasFish - Tasmanian Fishing & Boating News
Tasmanian Game Fishing Association
Pew Charitable Trusts
Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales
Conservation Council of South Australia
GameFish Tasmania Sports Fishing Club
Sea Charter Boat Operators of Tasmania
Personalised Sea Charters
Dive Industry Alliance of Australia
This website is administered by the Stop the Trawler Alliance Coordinator, Rebecca Hubbard and the team at Environment Tasmania.