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A new report shows current Supertrawler ‘sham ban’ only stops 6 of the world’s boats from Australian waters, and plans to bring in overseas fishing fleets have not been ruled out. Supertrawlers and overseas fleets would be bad for marine life, bad for local fishing communities and bad for recreational fishers.

The arrival of supertrawlers and overseas fleets would be bad for marine life, bad for local fishing communities and bad for recreational fishers.

Sign the petition calling for a permanent ban on ALL supertrawlers in Australia’s vulnerable fisheries, and for an urgent Senate inquiry into moves to allow overseas fishing fleets to fish in Australian waters.

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Dear Minister Colbeck, Minister Price, Tony Burke MP, Joel Fitzgibbon MP, and Senator Whish-Wilson,

It is gravely concerning that under questioning in Parliament, plans to allow overseas fishing fleets into Australia’s waters have not been ruled out. 

The arrival of supertrawlers and overseas fishing vessels would be bad for marine life, bad for local fishing communities and bad for recreational fishers.

I call on you to support a permanent ban on ALL supertrawlers (industrial fishing boats that catch, process, freeze and store fish on a grand scale) in Australia’s vulnerable fisheries, and I call for an urgent Senate inquiry into moves to allow overseas fishing fleets to fish in Australian waters. 

When overseas fishing fleets were allowed into Australian waters decades ago, Australia’s fish stocks and marine life suffered from overfishing and under-reporting of catches. It worries me that industrial scale overseas fishing vessels may be on the way back if the government chooses to let them in through exemptions which register them as ‘Australian’ boats.

This is exactly how the Geelong Star (aka Dirk-Dirk) Supertrawler was allowed to fish in our waters, resulting in the catch of important small pelagic fish and devastating bycatch of protected dolphins, seals, albatrosses and even a whaleshark. During the period that the Geelong Star Supertrawler fished in Australian waters, there was overwhelming community opposition from the Australian public and recreational fishers.

The current ‘sham ban’ on supertrawlers only stops six of the world’s very largest boats above 130m. It didn’t, for example, stop the Geelong Star Supertrawler, which is still a massive 95m long.

In late 2017 it was confirmed under questioning in Parliament that the Australian Government was in talks with Australian fishers about allowing overseas vessels into Australia’s waters. And now it’s not ruling out this possibility.

As well as the impacts on our marine life, there would little to no benefit to Australia’s economy or regional communities. And Australia could also be exposed to the human rights and environmental abuses that countries such as New Zealand and the US have experienced. The United Nations reports that overseas fishing fleets are often linked to organised crime and the undermining of human rights and labour conditions.

I call on you to support a permanent ban on ALL supertrawlers (industrial fishing boats that catch, process, freeze and store fish on a grand scale) in Australia’s vulnerable fisheries, and I call for an urgent Senate inquiry into moves to allow overseas fishing fleets to fish in Australian waters

 

 

 

 

Authorised by Adele Pedder, Unit 4, 145 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101.

Photo: ©Pierre Gleizes/Greenpeace