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Tasmanians will rally against the arrival of the Geelong Star next week in the latest effort to have the Abbott Government hear their concerns about supertrawlers.

“Tasmanians are opposed to the supertrawlers fishing in Tasmanian waters and have made their views known to Tasmanian Liberal Senators and Members, but still there has been no sign these concerns have been heard by the likes of Richard Colbeck and Eric Abetz,” Tasmanian Senator Helen Polley said.

“I have been contacted extensively over the last week from those concerned including those that work in the local fishing industry and recreational fishers concerned about the impact of the supertrawlers on Tasmania’s fish stocks and fishing industries,” Senator Polley said.

“Senators Colbeck and Abetz have failed in their responsibility to represent the interests of Tasmanians,” Senator Polley said today.

A flotilla rally will be held in Hobart on Sunday April 19 at 10am on the River Derwent, gathering in the water outside the Regatta Grounds.

“I urge Tasmanians to voice their concerns at this rally and I hope that the Abbott Government representatives in Tasmania finally listen to the views of Tasmanians,” Senator Polley said.

In government, Labor amended the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) to prevent supertrawlers entering Australian waters and has introduced legislation to the Senate which will remove the sunset clause in that amendment to provide permanent restrictions on supertrawlers. Under Labor’s plan all future supertrawlers could be thoroughly assessed using the most up-to-date science, thereby protecting our oceans and our recreational fishing spots.

Labor has launched an online petition calling for the Liberal Government to protect our seas. It is hoped this will bring us one step closer to protecting Tasmania’s waters and Tasmania’s fishing industry.

You can find the petition at http://www.juliecollins.com/supertrawl

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ABC: Australian Recreational Fishers Party planned in Tasmania to oppose to super trawlers Tasmania’s recreational fishers are launching a political party to lobby against the use of super trawlers in Australian waters. The proposed party, to be known as Australian Recreational Fishers Party, plans to register in the coming months and may field Senate candidates at the next election. It is another step in the campaign against factory trawlers after SeaFish Tasmania’s ship, Geelong Star, was permitted to fish 16,500 tonnes of pelagic fish in Australian waters. Opposition is building to the plan to use the 95-metre ship despite it being smaller than the 140-metre super trawler, Abel Tasman, which was banned by the Federal Government. Recreational fishers and conservationists are still concerned about the impact of Geelong Star’s fishing quota on local stocks. Spokesman for the proposed party Kevin Harkins said his group would be looking to garner support at anti-trawler protests in Tasmania this weekend. “It’s not a threat, we will be doing it,” he said.

• Geelong Star Focus of National Super Trawler Day of Action ... all the details on where to have your say ...

Factory freezer trawler, the Geelong Star, arrived in Australia on 1 April and within three days it had been approved to go fishing, despite persistent opposition from conservationists, recreational fishers, tourism organisations and people across the country. This weekend hundreds of people are joining events in a National Day of Action across the country to call on Prime Minister Abbott to stop the Geelong Star and other super trawlers from threatening our unique marine life and valuable fisheries.

“Senator Colbeck has welcomed the Geelong Star in to trawl Australian fisheries, when the fact of the matter is that there is still widespread opposition to these super trawlers and the devastation they could cause”, says Rebecca Hubbard of Environment Tasmania and Coordinator of the Stop the Trawler Alliance.

“The secrecy of the Geelong Star’s fishing activity combined with ongoing concerns about the impacts of these large freezer factory trawlers on our fishery, has led to recreational fishers organising protests this weekend. We want to make it clear to Prime Minister Abbott that we do not accept these factory vessels threatening our fisheries and we are calling on him to stop this boat”, said John Edwards from the Tuna Club of Tasmania.

“The Australian Government gave assurances that strong management measures would be in place to safeguard iconic and protected Australian wildlife. It turns out these were empty promises, which means at this precise moment the factory trawler could be out there killing fur seals, dolphins and seabirds with virtual impunity,” said Tooni Mahto of Australian Marine Conservation Society. “Ineffective management to protect these species is not only unacceptable to the public, but also places these species at risk in the name of profit.”

“It is time that Senator Colbeck stop pretending that these massive factory freezer trawlers are business as usual and stop this boat threatening the fish populations that underpin recreational fishing and coastal communities across Australia,” said Tyson Clements of Game Fish Tasmania Sports Fishing Club.

“Prime Minister Abbott needs to step in and respond to community concerns and confirm Australia’s role as a global leader in eliminating overfishing by not making the same mistakes other countries have and stopping the Geelong Star,” said Jeff Hansen of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Events will be held at:

Perth (Tasmania): 10am Saturday 18th boat towing to rally at Lions Park
Hobart: 10am Sunday 19th boat rally on the water or 12noon outside Fish Frenzy at Elizabeth St Pier
Fremantle: 11am Saturday 18th banner event outside Cicerello’s on Mews Road
Melbourne: 11am Saturday 18th rally at the Victorian State Library
Sydney: 5pm Sunday 19th banner event on the beach opposite Havana Bar Manly
Adelaide: Sunday 26th banner event at Birkenhead Bridge, Port Adelaide

The Stop the Trawler Alliance is a growing alliance of 25 fishing, environment and tourism groups who work together to stop the introduction of super trawlers into Australian waters.

Rebecca Hubbard, Environment Tasmania,
John Edwards, Tuna Club of Tasmania,
Jeff Hansen, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society,
Tooni Mahto, Australian Marine Conservation Society,
Tyson Clements, Game Fish Tasmania Sports Fishing Club.

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• Super Trawler Actions Spread Across Australia ...

Factory freezer trawler, the Geelong Star, is currently fishing in Australian waters, despite persistent broad and deep opposition from across the country. Conservationists, recreational fishers, tourism organisations and communities across the country are outraged that the Australian Government has ignored their concerns and welcomed this factory trawler into our waters.

This weekend hundreds of people are joining events in a National Day of Action across the country to call on Prime Minister Abbott to stop the Geelong Star and other super trawlers from threatening our unique marine life and valuable fisheries.

Melbourne: 11am Saturday 18th rally at the Victorian State Library

Perth (Tasmania): 10am Saturday 18th boat towing to rally at Lions Park

Fremantle: 11am Saturday 18th banner event outside Cicerello’s on Mews Road

Hobart: 10am Sunday 19th boat rally on the water, and 12noon outside Fish Frenzy at Elizabeth St Pier

Sydney: 5pm Sunday 19th banner event at beach opposite Havana Bar, Manly

Adelaide: 10.30am Sunday 26th banner event at Birkenhead Bridge, Port Adelaide

• Kim Booth: Say Yes to Local Fisheries & No to Factory Freezer Super Trawlers ...

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader
Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Hodgman government should follow the example set by Victoria and formally advise their Federal counterparts that it does not support the proposed commercial fishing operations of the factory freezer trawler, the Geelong Star, in the Commonwealth’s Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF), Greens Leader and Primary Industries spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“Rallies against the factory freezer mega trawler, the Geelong Star, are occurring around the nation outraged at the re-emergence of the threat to our small pelagic fishery,” Mr Booth said, who attended the local rally at Lions Park in Perth.

“Last month the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, raised concerns with the Commonwealth about the proposed commercial fishing operations of the Geelong Star, and called for a precautionary approach to be adopted.”

“The science is not in to justify the plundering of this fishery.”

“Serious concerns remain about localised depletion of fish stock, and the consequences for other marine species further up the food chain, including Southern Bluefin tuna, seals and dolphins.”

“Even Federal Braddon MP Brett Whiteley has recently had to admit concerns including that the catch limits did not go far enough to protect against local depletion, and over the lack of egg studies on all target fish species, should be taken seriously.”

“Now Premier Hodgman and his team need to step up and also tell Canberra that the Geelong Star is not welcome, and that the small pelagic fishery is off limits to factory freezer supertrawlers.”

“If Victoria has the guts to stand up for the fishery, for the health of our shared marine environment as well as for their local economies reliant upon recreational and local fishing businesses, so should Tasmania.”

“I congratulate the organisers of today’s Perth 200 strong rally, which is only the start of the community campaign against the Geelong Star.  The Greens will continue to stand alongside the community in support of local fisheries free of factory freezer supertrawlers,” Mr Booth said.