EU-funded giant trawler blocked from 'plundering' Australian waters

Sep 12, 2012 Read more: Asian Correspondent 6

MV Margiris, the giant fishing vessel measuring 146-metre long, has been banned from its grand mission to fish 18,000 tons of pelagic fish off Australian waters.

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Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#1 Sep 12, 2012
No feckin' medals for the enviro minister for allowing it through in the first place, or for all those that have to run around (like chooks with no heads) to fix it!

You would think with a country that is so damn keen to be seen to be so terribly, terribly, concerned about the enviro issues, that all those concerned made a massive blunder bringing in the mother of all fishing ships to Tassie, of all places.....

I wonder who paid whom to get this across the line in the so called pro enviro everything state in Australia....had to be some mega plus's to ignore the enviro policy to ignore the basic concerns for the overfishing of commonwealth waters where the size of the nets could have a devastating effect on the fish, mamals and their habitat, let alone this ships ability to catch half the ocean in one day(slight exageration there.)


Since: Jan 11

Deer Park, Australia

#3 Sep 12, 2012
I agree. It really is an incredible story. It is increasingly clear that oceans are being fished out at a rate that is not sustainable. Northern oceans are already at crisis point, so now they want to do the same down here, no doubt to feed impatient Northern Hemisphere consumers. Whatever agency dreamed up this scheme must have rocks in their mercenary heads.

In our local waters numerous sea floor sanctuaries have been newly declared, to the dismay of modest recreational fishers. Their pleas have fallen on deaf bureaucratic ears (what else is new?).

Yet when some big industrial organization waves some money under their noses, at the mere whiff of it our fearless leaders' environmental resolve evaporates in a crescendo of cash registers! Caa-chinng!!

They nearly got away with it. Just goes to show what destruction they will stoop to if they think it can be kept quiet.

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#4 Sep 12, 2012
It is the truth that our oceans worldwide are overfished and to over catch fish that if not consumed is wasted is the biggest act of greed imaginable....I don't understand why we don't fish to the market within a limits and that should be governed by the ammount of fish we waste....if we waste 10 tonnes of tuna a year etc, then we should reduce the catch accordingly and not just catch it because that is the allowed quota....Massive fines should be introduced to ensure that we use/sell what we catch else we are all adding to the problem..

Manly, Australia

#5 Sep 13, 2012
I am in despair at the stupidity of the governing bodies in this Country - first it's our prime land being sold off to the highest bidder - doesn't matter who it goes to - then there's the fiasco of the ever increasing illegals in leaky boats with detention centres bulging at the seams before we even get the tents or buildings in readiness and now the absolute madness of even contemplating whether these large scavenger ships can outfish our waters - when does this people start thinking of our own - our kids and grandchildren will be left with nothing if this keeps up - WAKE UP all you nerds - start ac ting like responsible Australians working to protect our Country.
Albino Basher

Sydney, Australia

#6 Sep 14, 2012
the boat was full of whites so let's NUKE THE PINKIE BOAT!!!!
damien auksorius

Hobart, Australia

#7 May 5, 2014
hi my name is damien auksorius , i feel that very soon all the fish in our oceans will be no more ,, mainly due to our population of the earth seems to be expanding at an incredible rate per day ,

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