MARGIRIS PLANNING TO GIVE TASMANIA A WIDE BERTH?
Kim Booth MP
Greens Primary Industries Spokesperson
Thursday, 16 August 2012
The Tasmanian Greens today called on SeaFish Tasmania to confirm claims that the FV Margiris would not be docking in the Mersey River at Devonport.
Greens Primary Industries spokesperson Kim Booth said his office had received reliable advice that crew members for the super trawler would be ferried out to sea to board the ship.
Mr Booth said that he had also received information that the ship had been trawling as it moved down the already-depleted coastline of western Africa, and was planning to offload its catch in Western Australia.
“The fact that the Margiris is not even prepared to come near the Tasmanian coastline is a pretty clear sign that the company has given up trying to convince people that its operations will be sustainable,” said Mr Booth.
“They’ve chosen to dodge the Tasmanian people, fly under the radar, and push ahead with this plan to raid our fish stocks regardless of the consequences.”
“All the promises about the economic benefits the Margiris would bring to Devonport from refuelling and re-supplying now appear to be a lie.”
“This operation has been exposed for what it is, a greedy raid on our ocean stocks at the expense of future generations.”