The No Super Trawlers Rally today heard that the Seafish quota on which the super trawler would base it’s fishing of small pelagic fish was gained through an unlawful process, and that fishing and environment groups would continue to push for the Bill to pass through Government in order to protect fisheries and marine life.
“There was a great turnout from the community in support of the bill to stop the super trawler. This support comes from a broad cross section of the community - from recreational fishers, environment groups, commercial fishers, and local businesses,” said Rebecca Hubbard, Marine Coordinator of Environment Tasmania.
“Now that it is clear that AFMA has acted unlawfully in its processes to increase the quota for Seafish, the whole of the Federal Senate, and particularly the Liberal Party who have failed to respond to community concerns thus far, must stand up and support the Bill to stop the super trawler,” said Ms Hubbard.
“We should be supporting small commercial operators to sustainably fish our fisheries and maintain long-term jobs in local communities. Australia is not ready for industrial fishing, and may never be,” said Nobby Clark, President of the Tuna Club of Tasmania.
The rally was organized by the Tuna Club of Tasmania, Environment Tasmania and GetUp.
Speakers included Nobby Clarke of the Tuna Club of Tasmania, Rebecca Hubbard Environment Tasmania, Paul (Basil) O’Halloran MP Greens Member for Braddon, The Hon Julie Collins MP ALP Member for Franklin, Dr Jonathan Neville retired scientist, political analyst and author of recent book "Overfishing under Regulation" and Andrew Wilkie MP Independent Member for Denison.