Hello everyone, I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself.

My name is Stephen Smith and I have been managing the website tasfish.com since May 2009.

It has been an epic journey of learning and discovery and I am indebted to Mike Stevens for his help, support and patience.

I am developing a new venture Rubicon Web and Technology Training ( www.rwtt.com.au ). The focus is two part, to develop websites for individuals and small business and to train people to effectively use technology in their everyday lives.

Please contact me for further information.

Stephen Smith

This is published by The Examiner and The Advocate this afternoon.


And now at the ABC

Controversial fishing trawler Geelong Star has left Australian waters, and will not be returning, the ship's owner says.


Mike -- It’s been ages since we’ve given you a report back – mainly because we wanted to get back to you with an actual result!
You’ll remember the last message we sent you had a survey – asking if you wanted us to pay the government the $1080 they were asking to release the footage of the super trawler catching a whale shark, or if you wanted us to have another go at sending a drone up - to get our own footage.

Well, the stop the trawler community overwhelmingly voted that we try both – so long as we’re super careful not to hurt any birds with our drone! We think we have found a drone operator we can afford – but that project might take some time. In the meantime, we paid the government the $1080 they were asking for to release the whale shark footage.

We’ve been absolutely floored by the result.

Stop the Trawler Election 2016 Scorecard

We won’t beat around the bush, we know you’re busy. It’s the National Week of Action against Super Trawlers, so tell your local wannabe politicians that super trawlers and all the terrible destruction they bring to local fisheries, fishing and marine life, are not on. Here’s how - It’s easy!

We have asked Federal candidates a number of questions and will publish the answers here and in Tas Fishing and Boating News.
Those questions and information sent are in the following links.
Letter to Federal Candidates PDF and WORD

Geelong Star Whale Shark scandal deepens, Thursday 25 February

The Stop the Trawler Alliance today expressed disgust at learning the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have withheld important information from the Australian public about the controversial Geelong Star incident where a whale shark was caught.

Whale shark escapes nets of Geelong Star factory ship without harm, authorities say

From the ABC

Geelong StarTrawler Geelong Star kills 'small number' of fur seals during fishing trip off NSW

From the ABC


Greens Senator wants Geelong Star sent home following albatross deaths

As reported in The Advocate

Geelong Star

THE Geelong Star has been banned from fishing again, after it killed an albatross.

Source: http://www.examiner.com.au/story/3695374/geelong-star-kills-an-albatross/?cs=95

Can you believe this crap?

Mike, I hope you had a fun, restful break and got to enjoy some time with family and friends on our beautiful coast. From around Australia we've had reports of exciting fishing adventures, diving with turtles and surfing with dolphins. How lucky are we?!

Unfortunately – fishers and ocean lovers off the NSW Sapphire Coast are less lucky right now – because the Super TrawlerGeelong Star is vacuuming up marine life right in their backyard. Check out the photos below. Fancy fishing right next to the Super Trawler? 

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