The Stop the Trawler Alliance has welcomed support from the Australian Labor Party and crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie, Ricky Muir and Glenn Lazarus in supporting the Australian Green’s motion to disallow the repeal of the Geelong Star night fishing ban.
“The Stop the Trawler Alliance welcomes the support from the Australian Labor Party, and crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie, Ricky Muir and Glenn Lazarus for the Australian Greens’ motion in the Senate to reinstate the super trawler night fishing ban yesterday. Their votes were a vote in favour of protecting our unique marine life, recreational fishing and coastal communities, and shows which Senators are listening to the Australian people,” said Rebecca Hubbard of Environment Tasmania.
“We are disappointed that the night fishing ban was voted down by just one vote, and as we head into an election year, we hope that the Turnbull Government and Senators Xenophon, Madigan, Day and Leyonhjelm will listen to the public and support the best economic use of this resource, and ban industrial factory trawlers in our Small Pelagic Fishery,” said Nobby Clark of Game Fish Tasmania Sports Fishing Club.
“Over 15,000 people emailed Senators and federal politicians in just 24 hours, demonstrating just how strongly the Australian community feels about stopping the destruction of our fisheries and oceans by super trawlers. This community action will only increase in the lead up to a federal election, when coastal communities from QLD to WA will be asking their local MP’s what they are doing to ban super trawlers,” said Ms Hubbard.
“Our local fisheries are exposed to unprecedented industrial-scale trawling without adequate science or management. The Turnbull Government needs to show leadership and put in place a permanent ban on factory freezer trawlers in the Small Pelagic Fishery, to protect our valuable recreational and commercial fisheries and marine environment,” concluded Mr Clark.