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Wave of protests “sink” super trawlers off the coast of Tasmania

12 Sep

“People power” has sunk the planned operations of the super trawler Abel Tasman, formerly known as FV Margiris. Photo from The Mercury

What started as a ripple of concern over the pending arrival of a super trawler to be based in Devonport, Tasmania, soon became “a wave of outrage,” according to an article today in the Mercury.

Tasmanian fishermen started the murmur of discontent over the plans for one company and its massive ship to be able to take 18,000 tonnes of jack mackerel and redbait out of the fishery. Yesterday, the trawler was put on hold indefinitely.

Concerns about by-catch such as seals, dolphins and sea birds were raised, along with worries that local fish stocks would be depleted as the super trawler made its way through a 3.2 million sq km fishing zone.

There have been protests and flotillas, and more than 55,000 people signed a petition against the super trawler.

Opposition to the super trawler plans came from a very broad cross-section of the community. Recreational fishers, commercial fishers, conservationists, state and federal politicians and members of the public joined forces against the massive ship.

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