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G’day fellow RB’ers!
Please help in supporting the cause outlined below. This is something that simply must be stopped! We all need to get on board with this one.
So again, please consider coming on board with this – it’s a travesty and a disgrace that such a ship should be allowed to operate in these waters.
Don’t usually pass these on but this is super important.
This gigantic fishing trawler will be based in Devonport, Tasmania, taking its catch of small pelagic fish from Commonwealth waters off Tasmania and Australia’s southern coast and shipping it frozen to West Africa. The fishery zone happens to coincide directly with the feeding grounds of the shy albatross and other seabirds that rely on the exact fish species that this vessel will be targeting. All albatross species occupying Australian waters are listed as threatened under Commonwealth legislation, with their main threats being direct by-catch mortality and depletion of food resources by commercial fisheries…. yet to accommodate this vessel, the Commonwealth authorities have doubled the quota for small pelagic fish in this area and watered-down the requirements for science-based stock assessments. With climate change, and the resulting shifts in ocean productivity and prey distribution adding to the threats our seabird populations face, the decision to allow this vessel into our waters is incomprehensible.
The impacts of this trawler will be felt by more than just seabirds – the target catch is also a vital food source for the critically endangered southern bluefin tuna, marine mammals and other large predatory fish. Trawlers of this type have an appalling record of by-catch and the ship itself represents a direct threat to marine mammals like dolphins and seals.
Do a bit of googling for more information, but please sign the petition and pass on the link.
Also, if you could please favourite this and let others on RB, or indeed anywhere, know that would be very much appreciated. Together we can make the difference.