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.
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.
Thanks for your email concerning the Small Pelagic Fishery in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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