September 3, 2012 at 3:07 am #527411
Just been watching Q & A on the ABC.Seems the trawler has been signed off by what’s his name minister who has been “waiting for advice from the minisrty” – ??? – and the trawler will have an Australian monitor/s on board to keep an eye on what goes on and will have an underwater camera in the net to monitor bycatch.If they catch a dolphin, the ship has to move 50 nautical miles before it can fish again , same for catching a seal or a sea lion.The trawler is to have “no more impact than a normal sized commercial trawler” and everything that happens on the trawler is to be publicly announced/available.
Whoever is in charge has to now decide if it’s going to be economically viable.Tassie company Seafish Tasmania has already been given it’s quota and then decided the super trawler would be their preferred way of reaching it, so reached an agreement with the Dutch company that I think owns the trawler.
That was the gist of Q & A. We’ll see ………….September 3, 2012 at 9:24 am #527412
there is more to bi-catch than seals and dolphins, ti is also the juvenile fish they kill, juvenile fish are the stock needed to keep our waters stocked with fish.
of course it is going to be economically viable for them! they wouldn’t do it and run at a loss or break even.
so gov’ picked observers could be sleeping or enjoying a mug of char and be bribed to overlook anything, keep in mind we have gov’ and industry coming together so corruption will be guaranteed, you simply won’t be shown and footage it will all be censored, like that long line fishing show in north east usa, trying to show the industry as clean too clean all you see them pull up is black marlin, tuna and a commercial shark, never see anything else hooked up, almost unbelievable. well this trawlers operations will be the same shown to be squeaky clean with no dire warning of depleting fish stocks.
lenSeptember 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm #527413
Too true len , I was just posting about what the government guy said on Q&A , not thinking what he said was adequate or likely!!September 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm #527414
simply can’t trust them when they are in bed with odd bedfellows and business, our food security is on the way to starvation once we rely on imported foods they have us by the throat then. of course corrupt pollies no matter what party will be ably looked after by corrupt business, you see border control and what they do when someone brings in food stuff most processed in some way, yet the gov lets shipments of food stuff in untested just on a nod and wink.
people up the valley and other rural localities maybe ok for a while as all they need is shanks’s pony to get to F&V from farm places, and those places still close enough for those local farmers, but here north of gympie between gympie and maryborough and out to the west we got no hope, unless we grow our own and silly though it may seem many can’t see the need to grow anything just go and buy it, yet they cry poor not being able afford tripping around or stuff to get gardens going. when you drive around there is not much food growing going on, one person interested more in the landscape garden which consumes much of his acreage and he has a dam. very small veg garden
food security they might say what food security?
lenSeptember 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm #527415
Digging for deep sea and deep ice oil having to bring this big boat to the last of the not yet destroyed fish stocks in the world is all just a sign that capitalism/globalisation has failed us and wont just lay down until its exploited every last possible resource and there is still a buck to be made.
The only way to stop it is green taxes and green no go zones as the only thing that drives them is greed and hoarding money.September 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm #527416
hey be a nice holiday for the 2 gov’ so called inspectors on board with free range of the ship, just think food cooked for you oodles of hot water all the power they may need clothes washed and very likely ironed, 24 hour galley, no going from home to work and back again. too good to pass up, sworn to secrecy no doubt in case they see some infringements of rules, oh! and grog as well.
lenSeptember 4, 2012 at 2:20 am #527417September 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm #527418
I just received this email.The link resource limit is currently reached – which is a great sign!! – so I’ll be trying again later.others of you might like to contact Joe Ludwig and urge him to stop this brute.Surely he will care ……..
Brisbane doesn’t want that ship hanging around here either.
“Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has responded to community concerns about the super trawler saying he is powerless to stop it, instead introducing a series of conditions to minimise the impact of the trawler on listed threatened species. Whilst it’s good to see Minister Burke using his powers to act, the conditions put in place will not stop this super trawler (or others) destroying our marine life and fisheries. Here’s why:
The conditions do nothing to address the concerns of conservationists and recreational or commercial fishers about local over exploitation of fish stocks
Most of the conditions are standard for all trawlers – such as management plans for sea birds – but this does not stop protected bird species being caught in the first place
The conditions allow up to 10 seals to be killed every day, if more are killed the a simple ‘review’ is triggered and the trawler is required to move 50 nautical miles. Trawlers can cover these distances in a few hours and given marine wildlife such as seals, dolphins and turtles are highly mobile this does nothing to protect them.
The conditions do not address the flow on effect of localised depletion of fish stocks on the marine environment or the flow on effects to other marine wildlife who may lose their food source such as penguins, tuna, seals, whales and dolphins.
It is now time for Joe Ludwig to use his powers as Fisheries Minister to stop super trawlers destroying our fisheries – he should use his powers under section 91 of the Fisheries Management Act, which allow him to take action in ‘exceptional circumstances’ like this to ban super trawlers from our waters.
Tell Joe Ludwig it’s time to protect Australia’s fisheries and marine life from super trawlers – email him here:
The Margiris arrived in Port Lincoln in remote South Australia six days ago, and is undergoing a makeover (including an insulting name-change to the ‘Abel Tasman’) to try and secure final approval to fish in Australian waters. Minister Joe Ludwig is the one person with the power to stop the trawler and has yet to make a decision. He has the power, in exceptional circumstances, to direct the Australian Fisheries Management Authority what to do – but he won’t use that power unless he continues to hear from all of us.
Thanks to the generous contributions of 643 people, we can continue the campaign to stop the super trawler and ramp up the pressure on the Fisheries Minister. We are organising a huge ‘No Super Trawlers’ rally in Hobart on Saturday 15 September. We’ve chosen Hobart despite Seafish Tasmania changing the docking location of the super trawler a number of times (most recently to Queensland) – it is clear they want to avoid public events near the Margiris. This campaign is a national movement now, but began in Tasmania with a Tasmanian company at the centre of the debate. Stay tuned to http://www.stopthetrawler.net for more details on the event.”September 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm #527419
see they are going to call the super trawler “The Able Tasman”
we went on our first trip to Tassie on the Able Tasman then when we moved there we went agian on it.
Its an insult to anyone in Australia.
The boat reminds me of the Japenese doing research killing whales “”PLEASE”” we are not stupid hereSeptember 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm #527420
Please help to crash that link again!! I was just able to sign.September 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm #527421
calliecatParticipantSeptember 10, 2012 at 3:35 am #527422
:- ((((((((((September 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm #527423
and still it continues, what happens at the end of the 2years
I know it says about scientific data etc, but they now have 2yrs, to ‘cook the books’ so to speak, if they wanted to????September 11, 2012 at 2:40 am #527424
Well at least there IS two years hold over it.What bothered me was the comment by someone on TV who said that the trawler’s giant net was not as large as some already in use in our waters.What’s going on out there I wonder.September 11, 2012 at 10:02 am #527425
yep 2 years to get their story straight so to say!
what does fish raper trawler do for 2 years head back to dutch land? nope it is now an australian registered vessell, oh! lore of the sea never change the name of a boat, considered bad luck.
and what other vessels in our waters are dragging nets that large around? one now wonders, people like those on ships in the southern ocean should be protecting our food chain with their acts of piracy, not floating around the southern oceans doing little but having fun.
anyhow won’t be much fish stock left for greenies to hug, they still have not mentioned juvenile bi-catch of other fish species bi-catch.
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