Success! Super Trawler Banned From Australia’s Oceans

One of the world’s most aggressive super trawlers, the Margiris, was scheduled to hit the shores of Australia’s biodiverse oceans. Following passionate protests like the ones from 15,000 Care2 petition-signers, the super trawler has been banned from Australian waters until scientific research can clarify its environmental impacts.

Australia’s Environment Minister Tony Burke is concerned with the uncertain effects a super trawler will have on Australia’s waters. Burke said in an interview:

If we get this wrong, there are risks to the environment, to commercial operators and to everyone who loves fishing and they are risks I am not prepared to take…There has never been a fishing vessel of this capacity in Australia before and the [Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act] needs to be updated so that it can deal with it.

Australia’s oceans are home to dolphins, seals, seabirds and an array of vibrant and protected species whose habitats would be disrupted and populations diminished by such a massive trawler. After a summer of protesting, petition-signing and conversing with Australia’s Environment Minister and Fisheries Minister, the super trawler was deemed a threat to sustainability.

Thank you Care2 members for protecting Australia’s coveted ocean species!


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Otis L Griffin
Otis L Griffin2 years ago

do you think this 'limited length' article is enough info . on this important topic??? NOT

Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

It might help promote sustainable fishing

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman2 years ago

Wonderful News :-) Tnx

Jules W.
Jules W.2 years ago

Thank's, great news :)

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.3 years ago

the latest on this serious issue at hand 19/11/2012. Good news so far so good.

New Zealand is also fighting to save their whales n dolphins as well

and the latest today on Japan's Nisshin Maru

Neil Bradley
Past Member 3 years ago

Great news, not perfect, but it's a good start.

Thank you Alex H. for the info on the supertrawler being renamed. Will have to keep an eye out for that new name in the news.

Baul Natalia
Natalia Baul3 years ago

good news, exellent result!

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U.3 years ago

Great result, need to stop everywhere.

Beth M.
Beth M.3 years ago

Good news for a change!

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

I love to read good news like this. Thank you for sharing Kara.