Time is running out to stop the super trawler, FV Margiris. The decision about the super trawler will be made in a matter of days. The super trawler is twice the size of any vessel that has ever fished in Australian waters. This trawler will be fishing for small pelagic fish, a species absolutely critical to our marine eco system and with numbers already low in Tasmania this can not be allowed to go ahead. These fish are a vital food source for critically endangered Southern Bluefin Tuna, gamefish, seabirds and marine mammals. Not only would the super trawler be devastating to an already low fish population, super trawlers collect a by-catch consisting of seabirds, seals and dolphins who are then thrown back, dead.
A petition to stop the super trawler was made by Rebecca Hubbard with the Stop the Trawler alliance and has already generated over 35,000 signatures which were scrolled on paper fish and delivered to Joe Ludwig, Minister of Fisheries, in Canberra. In it’s final hours the petition needs more signatures, like yours to press this matter and to ensure that this devastating vessel does not kill in Australian waters.