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Greens take action today in Australian Senate to halt super trawler

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Peter Whish-Wilson 22 Aug 2012

The Australian Greens are taking action today in the Australian Senate after Labor
and the Coalition refused to support a motion last week against the controversial
super trawler.

Today’s motion would disallow the fishing quota granted by the government that enables the unprecedented introduction of the factory ship to the Small Pelagic
Fishery, effectively halting the FV Margiris.

“The introduction of this factory trawler, which has an appetite of over 90,000 tons of fish per year, poses unaddressed risks to Tasmanian and Australian fisheries and the people whose livelihoods depend on them, so we have to take what action we can to halt it,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Tasmanian marine issues, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said today.

“Stakeholders across Australia have demanded legislated, transparent safeguards we can all see and trust to protect our fisheries and ecosystems now and into the future,” he continued.

“I’m calling on both Labor and Coalition Senators to support the Greens motion when it comes to a vote.” he concluded.

The disallowance motion will be moved today in the Senate, with the vote likely to occur after 5pm.

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