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Success! Super Trawler Banned From Australia’s Oceans

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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7:17AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

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

4:38AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

It might help promote sustainable fishing

7:50AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Wonderful News :-) Tnx

2:46PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Thank's, great news :)

9:50PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

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

http://www.theage.com.au/environment/supertrawler-ban-confirmed-20121119-29lbd.html

and the latest today on Japan's Nisshin Maru

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking_news_detail.asp?id=25558&icid=a&d_str=

1:39AM PDT on Nov 4, 2012

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.

7:17AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

good news, exellent result!

1:03PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Great result, need to stop everywhere.
Congratulations!

4:06PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Good news for a change!

1:40AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

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

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