Bycatch conditions not tough enough

Expert scientists are adding weight to the call to stop the supertrawler. An article on The Conversation today highlights the ways in which the bycatch prevention measures proposed by Environment Minister Tony Burke fail to provide sufficient protection to seals, dolphins and other marine life.

The use of a single on-board observer and cameras will not be able to effectively prevent bycatch deaths as they are incapable of preventing these animals entering into the supertrawler's giant nets. Furthermore the requirement for the supertrawler to move on if deaths are recorded provides no guarantee that further deaths will not occur the next time the nets are set.

Take a stand for Australia's unique and wonderful marine life and demand Joe Ludwig ban supertrawlers from fishing in Australian waters. Send the minister an email or call his office direct on 07 3001 8111.

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