Super Fishing Trawler 9500-tonne MV Margiris is on its way to Australia amidst protest from environment groups and concerned citizens.
The massive trawler is set to fish for mackerel and redbait, but the trawler actually catches everything that is ensnared in its massive nets.
The unwanted catch is discarded and thrown back dead into the sea.
An investigation has been launched into the legality of the vessel.
Conflict over the largest vessel ever to fish Australian waters is intensifying, as key independent MP Andrew Wilkie steps up his challenge to the legality of its quota.
Mr Wilkie said today his investigation found the Australian Fisheries Management Authority admitted that, when advice was given for setting the 19,000 tonne annual quota, it had not given a “literal” reading of the law.
AFMA has as good as admitted the fishing quota for the MV Margiris is not worth the paper it’s written on,” Mr Wilkie said. “So the quota needs to be ripped up and the whole assessment process started again.
“In light of this revelation, the MV Margiris may as well turn around and return to where it came from.”
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Furthermore, concerns have been raised that the super trawler may have access to marine parks.
The Tasmanian Greens have raised concerns a super trawler bound for Australian waters may have access to Commonwealth marine protected areas.
The 142-metre FV Margiris is set to reach Devonport this month to fish Commonwealth waters for its 18,000 tonne jack mackerel and redbait quota.
Seafish Tasmania is bringing the Margiris to Australian waters and denies claims the vessel has been delayed off Africa.
The Greens’ Kim Booth says there is no way the fisheries can remain sustainable if the trawler is allowed into reserves.
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An Online Protest has been launched in an effort to stop the super trawler and ensure healthy oceans for Australia in the future.
We call on the Australian Government to reject the fishing trawler, FV Margiris, and its plan to plunder our ecologically important small pelagic fishery.
Why is this important?
One of the world’s biggest fishing trawlers with a history of over exploiting fish stocks, the FV Margiris, wants to trawl for small pelagic fish – some of the most critical species in our marine ecosystem. Small pelagic fishing around Tasmania already has a bad record. The surface schools of jack mackerel that were once common off southeast Tasmania have not returned after the collapse of that fishery over 20 years ago.
Read more and sign the petition: http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/stop-giant-fishing-trawler-in-tasmania/