Court Upholds Super Trawler Ban but Oceans Still Not Safe

Media Release - 21 February 2014

Today’s decision by the federal court to maintain the ban on super trawlers reinforces the concern of local communities, scientists, conservation groups and recreational fishers about the damaging impact large scale factory fishing would have.

Despite the court decision Australian waters remain vulnerable to the threat of super trawlers as the current two year ban will end in November.

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Fishers and Conservationists Seek Election Commitment to Permanently Ban Super Trawlers

Media Release - 30 January 2014

Recreational fishers and conservation groups today launched a joint campaign seeking pre-election commitments from all political parties to permanently ban super trawlers and prevent Tasmania becoming the dumping ground for companies using destructive commercial fishing methods.

The threat of a super trawler depleting Tasmanian fish stocks has not gone away, the Stop the Trawler Alliance said at the launch in Hobart, with a court challenge to the federal government’s 2-year ban still being considered and indications proponents will try again to bring fish factories to Tasmania’s waters.

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