In mid-2012, a Tasmanian company Seafish, proposed to bring the world's second largest fishing trawler, FV Margiris, to Australian waters to trawl for small pelagic fish such as Mackerel and Redbait. The public response was overwhelming. From Tasmania to Western Australia, conservation groups, fishing groups and the broad community opposed the threat that super trawlers posed to our unique marine life, our recreational fishing, and our fishing industry.
Environment Tasmania took a lead role in coordinating an historic alliance between recreational fishing groups and environment groups. They joined together across Australia to stop the trawler.
Over 90,000 people signed the petition against a super trawler
And the alliance now consists of 24 businesses and organisations ranging from Tasmanian fishing charters to the Humane Society International.
This summer the marine program hosted events in Bicheno, St Helens, Launceston, Devonport, Eaglehawk Neck and Kettering, Tasmania. The sessions gave Tasmanians a platform to tell their story about changes occurring in the local marine environment and an opportunity to take action and make a difference to the way our seas are managed.
A national photo competition was coordinated and a film clip produced for the protest song 'Father to Son', expressing concern about the impacts of a super trawler on our children and the coming generations.