Trawling for the truth

Here's the footage we got of the Geelong Star in action - before they cut and run, we chased them, and our drone got hit by a bird!!!!! $%#!?

So what should we do next?

We have some okay drone footage - and the only current footage of the Geelong Star in action. But we didn't get the money-shot of the monster trawler hauling in its massive catch. So we could pay to put another drone up and try to get more footage. We also have the option of paying the government the $1080 they're asking for. That means playing along in the so-called 'freedom of information' fiasco we've been persisting with, to try to get the government to release the footage they're holding of the super trawler catching a whale shark. 

Resources are tight - and the funding we have, we got from you! So we want to know what you think the priorities are.

Will you answer the 2 question survey below about what we should do next?

Then we'll get back to you with an update on next steps. Thanks heaps! 

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  • Christina Attwell
    commented 2016-08-17 23:43:46 +1000
    The Geelong Star is is just one fishing vessel that is impacting marine ecosystems globally. The global fishing fleet is catching more fish than nature can sustain. In our region, the Pacific faces the threat of over-sized foreign vessels depleting our fish stocks every day. Whilst local recreational fishermen have restrictions. I note it has been in our waters for over 8 months. What is left in our seas??? No thanks to whom I believe was Abbott & Colbeck for permitting this act of destruction.
  • kim minos
    commented 2016-08-17 22:55:05 +1000
    get another drone up as soon as possible and if more funds are needed crowd fund the FOI expenses and a back up drone in case there are more birds out there
  • Gillian Sullivan
    commented 2016-08-17 22:19:04 +1000
    buy the whale shark footage which will maintain interest & momentum, while still going for the full story
  • Brian Quinn
    commented 2016-08-17 22:05:00 +1000
    Get the Greenpeace ship to tag them.
  • Trevor Smith
    commented 2016-08-17 21:45:26 +1000
    Go with drone mk ll
  • Anne Close
    commented 2016-08-17 21:34:27 +1000
    Their footage will probably go “missing” so go with another drone!
  • Lis Cotter
    commented 2016-08-17 21:26:34 +1000
    Any chance you can get a friendly satellite to follow it and take the footage? I know it a far out idea …but someone might know someone who might know someone … otherwise, yes more droneage!! Maybe keep up higher so they can’t see you?
  • susan brittain
    commented 2016-08-17 21:22:59 +1000
    Do both !

    They wonder why Sharks now hunt people. Its because there food source ie fish etc is being
    taken and trawled away by these trawlers. Also
    The old Indian saying rings true here ‘In the end
    they will realise they can’t eat money’!!!
  • Adrian Cooke
    commented 2016-08-17 21:21:12 +1000
    Don’t give up… get another drone in the air!!!
  • Nix Dunc
    commented 2016-08-17 21:15:05 +1000
    Get the drone one up again !!!
  • Kevin Lowry
    commented 2016-08-17 20:57:16 +1000
    Get another drone to take pictures of how much fish they are stealing from Australia. the massive nets being used will soon clear our oceans of fish. Most Australians have no idea the massive damage this trawler is doing to Australian fish stocks. If we can get footage of the huge amount of fish being taken each time they trawl, we can hammer all politicians and anyone who fishes to save our fish by stopping the trawler. Make this our first priority
  • Sara McMillan
    commented 2016-08-17 20:08:36 +1000
    Do both, so we can get rid of them. No regard for nature. Unacceptable!
  • Rowan Stanley
    commented 2016-08-17 20:07:29 +1000
    The footage shown is inconclusive: while trawling the vessel is dong about 4-6 knots and when heading away from the drone about 12kn or more. it is a fishing boat, that is all.. It does not prove anything but the government footage should so pay for the film and evaluate that.
  • Neal Henderson
    commented 2016-08-17 20:04:34 +1000
    Dont bother with their footage, because when you get it it will be the whale shark in the water only, never on the deck!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • susan brittain
    commented 2016-08-17 19:45:49 +1000
    Yes I agree with the ‘Do both’ option. Catch them out and ‘Expose’ them
  • Heather Janssen
    commented 2016-08-17 19:44:04 +1000
    Do both – disgusting. I am sick of the government trying to operate all the time under a veil of secrecy!
  • Michelle Harrison
    commented 2016-08-17 19:43:38 +1000
    Where are the probono and student lawyers getting this footage released under freedom of information? Why is there a fee?
  • Ani Hart
    commented 2016-08-17 19:07:26 +1000
    Perhaps but it could also be a waste of funds.
  • Timothy Cousins
    commented 2016-08-17 19:04:42 +1000
    Pay the money, assess the quality of the footage and then decide what to do. It may be that the footage will stir some further action and funding…
  • Ani Hart
    commented 2016-08-17 18:58:53 +1000
    The Government is actually extorting you if you pay the money the are asking of you. SHAME!! SHAME!! Under Freedom of Information you have a right to this information for free. Regardless of whether the information you receive has/has not been tampered with – if you have you drone in action – and compare the information to that which the government supplies – you ‘may’ catch both the government and the trawler with the one bait…….It is disgusting that the government isn’t working with you and not against you. That in itself – to me – raises huge doubt about the integrity of the associated government bodies.
  • Kenneth Hall
    commented 2016-08-17 18:46:43 +1000
    Do both
  • Marie Bonne
    commented 2016-08-17 18:13:21 +1000
    Thank you for keeping up the pressure. Paying the government the money is just another step in the campaign but an important step I believe.
  • Peter Farrar
    commented 2016-08-17 18:04:10 +1000
    I worry that the government footage may be compromised before it reaches you. Such is the influence of people in high places that may not have our best interests at heart. Who knows, the drone may play a role in helping minimise the catch by keeping the boat on the move. Thank you for your brave and inspiring work
  • Craig Couzens
    commented 2016-08-17 17:41:40 +1000
    All part of our disastrous Global World economy! Today we fish like crazy. Tomorrow we starve the nations that rely on a catch.
  • Claire Johnston
    commented 2016-08-17 17:40:36 +1000
    Get the drone up again. Follow the greedy thieving bastards until you get the money shots!!
  • shirlie eaton
    commented 2016-08-17 17:37:42 +1000
    Where there is smoke there’s fire….let them hang themselves, just keep your eyes and drones avail. Get the money shot on your own….or could get thrown out of court .
  • Jupp Kerckerinck
    commented 2016-08-17 17:37:32 +1000
    For a foreigner from far away, your government looks quite irresponsible and not at all working in the interest of the people they pretend to respresent. I would suggest to get the footage from the catch with the whale shark first, because that is highly illegal; even in your country. I have always believed that the Wild West was over; in your government it still seems to exist.
  • J. David Scott
    commented 2016-08-17 17:32:09 +1000
    Do both… and do all you can to stop this travesty!
  • Gordon Lehmann
    commented 2016-08-17 17:20:09 +1000
    I think you should do both, keep pressing the government and get all the evidence you can
  • steve parkinson
    commented 2016-08-17 16:54:47 +1000
    i want to see footage of them pulling up the nets with fish and dolphins in it they cant cut and run with the nets in the water dont bother filming the bow of the ship just film the stern thats where all the proof of what they are doing is