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Burke Warned: Public Will Not Tolerate Fishy Business Around Super-Trawler Ban.

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 19 Nov 2012

The Australian Greens have today called on Environment Minister Burke to honour his commitment to declare a two-year ban on the super trawler.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said Tasmanian fishers and those who care about the environment wanted him to remind Minister Burke of the personal undertaking he had made to stop the super trawler because significant risks remain unassessed.

"We're calling on the Minister to keep his promise of a two-year ban and ensure the super trawler will not be able to operate off our coastline.

"It's highly unlikely that the many risks posed by the super trawler to Australian fisheries and the marine ecosystem would have been assessable in the 60 days since his interim declaration.

"This is not something that can be rushed, its critical we get it right and protect our oceans and sea life.

"The 95, 000 Australians and 4000 Tasmanians who signed a petition to stop the super trawler  would agree".

"These people hold genuine concerns about our marine environment, long-term sustainability of our fisheries and the economic prosperity it generates.

"Many Australians assume Minister Burke has already stopped the super trawler, this view is so widespread that even the Victorian and Queensland state governments wrote to my Tasmanian counterparts stating they understood the trawler already had been banned for two years.

"Today the Minister has the opportunity to demonstrate to the Australian people that he will give effect to their wishes."

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