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Posted: Thu 30 Aug - 14:10 (2012) Post subject: Super trawler hits Australia. Greenpeace takes action.
This morning Greenpeace activists intercepted controversial Dutch super trawler, FV Margiris, and attempted to stop it sneaking into Port Lincoln Harbour in South Australia. The activists' inflatable boat was rammed out of the way and some of their ropes cut, but their determination remains to stop this super trawler plundering Australia’s oceans.
Over the past few weeks, as the Margiris drew closer to Australia, community outrage has swelled. The government has started to listen, but we still need it to act.
Time is running out – the Margiris is due to begin fishing any day now. The Australian Government has the power to intervene and stop this vessel, so now is the time to increase the pressure.
The Margiris is far larger than any fishing vessel ever to fish in Australian waters. At 142 metres long, it is the world’s second largest super trawler. The average Australian commercial fishing vessel is 25m long.
Its enormous nets routinely kill other sea life such as dolphins and seals, and even research by the operators states this is inevitable. With a history of causing fish stocks to collapse in West Africa and the Pacific, super trawlers are a major threat to the health of our marine ecosystem.
In Senegal, thousands of fishermen protested after their local fish stocks and source of income were ruined by super trawlers. The Senegalese Government stepped up and banned super trawlers from its waters earlier this year.
Together we can urge the Australian Government to do the same before it’s too late. Please sign the petition today to protect our oceans for tomorrow.
Nathaniel Pelle Oceans Campaigner Greenpeace Australia Pacific
PS Join communities across Australia calling for no super trawlers. Please sign the petition today. https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/index.php?cid=28&src=EMAA _________________ An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. . . The truly wise person is colorblind.” Albert Schweitzer