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The Science Show

The Science Show describes the algal bloom and East Coast closures.

ABC Radio National The Science Show

When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing -

George Town Fishing Forum

Are you able to come along to George Town Fishing Forum next Tuesday 12th March?
It would be great to have you there. Click Read More!

Politics in the Pub Report

The first of the "Politics in the pub" meetings was held in Launceston last night in front of a modest crowd of around 25 people. The Stop the Trawler Alliance is made up of representatives from recreational fishers and environment groups,... United as one on this issue.

Be aware the threat is still very real that Super Trawlers could yet be granted permission to fish in Australian waters.

Recreational fishers and conservation groups launch a joint campaign

I have been asked to respond to this on behalf of Ron Denne, President of the Longford Fishing Club.
The Super Trawler subject was raised at the Longford Fishing Club meeting on the 4th February 2014. The vote by attending members was unanimous that we do not support such a vessel operating in Australian waters”
Kind Regards, Greg Davis on behalf of Ron Denne

Recreational fishers and conservation groups launch a joint campaign

Media Release Thursday 30 January 2014
Fishers and Conservationists Seek Election Commitment to Permanently Ban Super Trawlers 
Recreational fishers and conservation groups today launched a joint campaign seeking pre-election commitments from all political parties to permanently ban super trawlers and prevent Tasmania becoming the dumping ground for companies using destructive commercial fishing methods.

Borthwick Report

Attached is a copy of the Borthwick Report and associated federal govt response for your information, released today. The Borthwick Review was an outcome of the Super Trawler issue. We were interviewed by the author David Borthwick and put in a TARFish submission, whilst also writing the national peak body submission. My initial reading is that all the major issues we raised have been picked up by the report and the govt response supports our views.

Celebration Rally

This rally is still going ahead, it’s now a celebration rally for anyone interested in attending.

Attached is a jpeg version of the A4 poster for the rally - feel free to print it, post it up and share it as much as possible. I have also included below a smaller sized version for use in emails or on websites.


Press release

5th September 2012

For immediate release

The Gillard Government last night declared WAR on the Australian recreational fishing community

Download the PDF here

Message from Dr Jane Elek

As I can see, once Margiris gets its licence to fish in Australian waters, It will be too late for any protests to have any effect. I read that it is planning to start fishing in the SA Bight before coming to Tassie. 

Message from Nobby Clark

As you'll see from the letter in this link, the South Australian Government has today written to the Federal Government requesting it to prevent the Margiris from fishing Australia's Small Pelagic Fishery.

Email from Eric Abetz - Liberal Senator for Tasmania

Dear Todd
Thanks for your email concerning the Small Pelagic Fishery in
Commonwealth waters.
As somebody that has followed the issues surrounding matters of
fisheries for quite some time, both in a private capacity and as a
former Fisheries Minister and as a Senator for Tasmania, I can let you
know that I do have some understanding of the issues.

Atlantic Star

Unread postby Ant2 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:46 pm

This is the article from the Tasmanian Times:
"The Margiris has had other lives ... all of them spell trouble.

Venue - Campbelltown Hall
Time - 1pm
Date - Sunday   2nd September 2012

Hi Mike,
On behalf the organisers of the above venue, we would sincerely like to apologise for this forum taking place on Father’s day.
We realise this is a special family day but hope your readers would understand that with the FV Margiris due  in Devonport anytime now, we need to get answers from those responsible  ASAP as time is fast running out in regards to the approval process for this vessel.
For us, (because it is Fathers day) we expect that attending numbers will be significantly lower than they normally would, but that said, we hope that this issue is important enough for many people to still decide to come along and support Tasmanian recreational fishers efforts to stop this boat.
We invite your readership to please watch this space in regards to our proposed forum as we wait on the replies from those that have been invited to speak.
If anything changes in regards to the organisation or even cancellation of this event we will let you know as soon as possible.
We thank you for your support.
Kind Regards,
Todd Lambert

Greens Table Petition
Strong Community Support For Sustainable Fishing

Kim Booth MP
Greens Primary Industries Spokesperson

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Tasmanian Greens today tabled the  first in a batch of petitions in State Parliament, containing signatures from 3364 Tasmanians opposed to the super trawler FV Margiris fishing in Australian waters.

Greens Primary Industries spokesperson Kim Booth MP thanked everyone who took the time to add their voice, and called on the Labor and Liberal parties to heed the message.

The Australian 16/8/2012

  • ENVIRONMENT Minister Tony Burke is considering a dramatic intervention to suspend approvals for the first super-trawler to operate in Australian waters, while a review of its effects is carried out.

Mr Burke is concerned about the impact the 9500-tonne Dutch-registered ship, Margiris, will have on fish stocks. He is also reportedly alarmed at the speed with which the Australian Fishing Management Authority has rejected his concerns.


Kim Booth MP
Greens Primary Industries Spokesperson

Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Tasmanian Greens today called on SeaFish Tasmania to confirm claims that the FV Margiris would not be docking in the Mersey River at Devonport.

Greens Primary Industries spokesperson Kim Booth said his office had received reliable advice that crew members for the super trawler would be ferried out to sea to board the ship.

Dear Sid Sidebottom

Dear Sid,
I Urge you along with other Federal House of Parliament Members  to listen to the ABC Interview on the Super trawler debate.

There are some extremely important points made here especially on the European Union Subsidies available to the Trawler.

Some very important points are that Seafish Tasmania is setting up a new company “Seafish Tasmania Pelagics” and that is a joint venture with the Dutch owned Company that owns the Super Trawler. (Most of it)

Letter to Hon. Dick Adams MHR

Dear Dick,

As you would be well aware, the Super Trawler issue is a concern to many Tasmanians.

Your office has received numerous emails from myself and no doubt many others on this matter.

In email correspondence from your office dated 2nd July 2012, your office stated.

  “I am actually preparing a paper to counter the comments in the press which are scientifically wrong – and has also led to the Minister being misled too on these marine parks which will do bugger all in conserving fish stocks!”  

Rally Pictures 11/8/2012

Here are some photos from todays rally on the Derwent River. Certainly a very good turn out (just how many boats it would be hard to hazard a guess, but in the hundreds) with every vessel you could imagine - kayaks, 12 footers, game boats, large cruisers, commercial tourist operators, commercial fishers you name it they were there - indicating the widespread concern and impact across so many in the community. Lots of resounding support from passing road traffic beeping their horns and heaps of spectators lining the banks of the river. Film crews on boats and even a sea plane filming and taking photos as well. The last part of the rally in and around the docks area was great with a huge amount of boats and banners right up close and personal in the centre of Hobart for all to see - it did get pretty tight in there at times with all the boat traffic!!!  Well done to everyone involved and the way it all came together was simply fantastic i thought.

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