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!