Don’t let the Super Trawler side-step its ban
The massive Super Trawler FV Abel Tasman is back and could soon be operating by stealth in Australian waters unless we act before this Monday. It proposes to get around its current fishing ban by acting as a mother ship and giant floating fish freezer to a fleet of smaller trawlers. The combined catch of these trawlers would then just continually feed the Super Trawler until its huge freezer was full.
Despite a 2 year ban on the Super Trawler, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority is today actively considering this proposal.
Please send the below email to keep this monster trawler out of our waters.
Smaller boats, same giant impact!
The proposal for transhipment raises the same concerns as the original super trawler proposal:
1. High risks to dolphins and seals being caught and killed as by-catch;
2. Concentrated fishing on this scale could locally deplete marine life;
3. Old data supporting questionable science with no commitment to ongoing research;
4. Full time independent monitoring of by-catch is unlikely.
Find out more about the proposal for transshipment on the Australian Fisheries Management Authority web site.