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Greens seek Senate Inquiry into Tasmania's fish farms

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Whish-Wilson, has put forward a motion in the Senate to establish an Inquiry into the sustainability, impacts and regulation of Tasmania's fish farms.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "The leaked reports and emails about the de-oxygenation of Macquarie Harbour was a wake-up call about the potential impacts of this industry on marine ecosystems and raises questions on the future sustainability of fish farming in Tasmania.

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US moves to ban new sardine fisheries as Australian regulators flounder

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, applauds the overnight decision in the United States to ban new commercial fisheries for small bait-fish on the US Pacific Coast.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Federal fisheries managers in the United States have unanimously voted to adopt a ban on new commercial fisheries for small fish like sardines unless they can demonstrate that there is no impact on local ecosystems.

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The Greens welcome the ACV Ocean Shield into Hobart

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomed the arrival of the ACV Ocean Shield to Hobart today.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “The ice-rated $150 million ACV Ocean Shield was purpose-built to patrol in environments like the Southern Ocean.

“We hope it is on the way to the Southern Ocean to provide the patrols it was promised to do.

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Australian Government continues to turn blind eye to pirate fishing vessels in our Antarctic waters

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Australian government to immediately deploy the Customs vessel ACV Ocean Shield to intercept the two pirate vessels currently illegally fishing off the coast of Australian Antarctic Territory.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “It is not good enough that the Sea Shepherd has had to, yet again, do the Government’s job.

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New Zealand shows up Australian government inaction on Southern Ocean poachers

The Australian Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that New Zealand’s efforts in recent days to use its Navy to round up illegal toothfish poachers in the Southern Ocean shows how pitiful the Australian government’s efforts have been.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “We have had the Sea Shepherd pursuing the illegal vessel MV Thunder from Australia’s area of interest in the Southern Ocean and pulling out their deadly nets.

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Trawler ban a political stunt if it doesn’t address capacity

Greens fisheries spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says the Abbott government’s super trawler ban is a cynical political ploy and not science based fisheries policy.

“This ban is a cynical political ploy not based on the recent independent scientific panel’s advice on super trawlers,” Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

“Banning ships over a certain length means nothing if mega freezing capacity industrial scale trawlers are still allowed to plunder our oceans and threaten ecosystems.

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Senate Seafood Labelling recommendations a Christmas present for Tasmanian seafood industry

The Greens welcome this first step towards adequate labelling of seafood that would ultimately be beneficial to consumers, the local fishing industry, the marine environment and the national economy says the Fisheries spokesperson for the Greens, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “The message from the Seafood Labelling Senate Inquiry to the Tasmanian seafood industry is ‘Merry Christmas’.

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This is the boat Minister Morrison needs to stop

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Federal Government to apprehend the notorious pirate vessel MV Thunder which is currently being pursued by the Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean. After years of being pursued by Australia and other nations, the MV Thunder was arrested and impounded by Malaysian authorities in May of this year. Inexplicably it has been sighted by Sea Shepherd, poaching Patagonian toothfish near the Australian territory of Heard Island.

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Investigation needed into how pirate vessel Thunder was let free by authorities

The discovery by Sea Shepherd of the notorious pirate vessel, illegally fishing in the Southern Ocean between Heard Island and Antarctica indicates a worrying failure of international co-operation, Greens spokesperson for Fisheries Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In December 2013 Interpol issued a Purple Notice alerting authorities that the Thunder was fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.

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Greens welcome RV Investigator

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, attended the Welcome to Port celebrations for the RV Investigator in Hobart today.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This vessel is going to give Australia unprecedented capacity to undertake marine and climate research throughout the Southern Ocean.

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