The Stop the Trawler Alliance today welcomed the symbolism of Tasmanian Fisheries Minster Jeremy Rockliff’s move to ban super trawlers in Tasmanian waters and called for immediate action by the Turnbull Government to protect our Small Pelagic Fishery.
“Minister Rockliff’s symbolic ban on trawlers in Tasmanian State waters shows political leaders understand Australians have rejected super trawlers," said Adrian Meder from the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
In 2012, the world's second largest super trawler, the Margiris, was proposed to be brought into Australian waters. This catalysed huge opposition from across the country and the world. Conservation, recreational fishing and tourism groups worked together to form an alliance, and worked with thousands of community members to win a temporary two-year ban on large freezer trawlers. That ban was replaced by a legislated ban on super trawlers over 130m long, leaving Australian waters wide open to shorter, equally destructive factory freezer trawlers.