In a stunning victory for the environment, the Australian Government has banned the “Super Trawler” (renamed Abel Tasman) from raping the oceans of Australia for up to two years.
The response from the community in protest to the trawler was phenomenal.
According to various news sources the opposition party opposed the incumbent Governments move to ban the trawler.
After much debate the Government managed to pass a bill which effectively halted the operation until further research into the effect of bi-catches could be carried out.
Lawmakers voted 62-60 in favour of amendments to Australia’s environmental protection and biodiversity conservation laws blocking the Dutch-owned FV Margiris from trawling its oceans until research into its impact is completed.
The 9,500-tonne, 143-metre (469-foot), Margiris, recently reflagged the Abel Tasman, was set to catch baitfish off southern Tasmania but a community backlash led by Greenpeace and local fisherman saw the government step in.
Environment Minister Tony Burke rushed amendments into parliament Tuesday blocking the ship from working in Australia until fears about by-catch and over-fishing could be scientifically assessed.
Facts on a 9,500-tonne, 143 m fishing vessel Abel Tasman (formerly FV Margiris). Australia blocked a controversial super-trawler from fishing in its waters Thursday in a narrow parliamentary vote which forced concessions from the centre-left Labor government…. More at Australian lawmakers block super-trawler – Phys.Org
- Super trawler process under cloud – Sydney Morning Herald
- Little chance of compensation for trawler ban – The Australian
In further news… Professor Buxton (University of Tasmania) has spoken out against the decision:
Scientist blasts trawler decision as ‘staggering and dangerous’
A TOP fisheries scientist has slammed the government’s 11th-hour move to stop the controversial Abel Tasman super trawler as unscientific and driven by political expediency.
Colin Buxton, the director of the fisheries, aquaculture and coasts centre at the University of Tasmania’s institute for marine and antarctic studies, said that the size of the 142-metre Dutch-owned trawler did not mean that it posed any greater environmental risk than several smaller vessels.
”It’s just staggering [that] popular-ism and political expediency is now managing our fisheries,” he said. ”I think it’s incredibly dangerous. It’s really sad that the decision has been handed down in this way.”
Read more: SMH