With Liberal Support Could Be the Death-Knell for Super Trawler

Paul O’Halloran MP
Greens Member for Braddon

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed moves by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson to move for the Senate to reverse the decision by the Australian Fishing Management Authority (AFMA) to lift the small pelagic fishery related quota which has enabled the proposed super trawler FV Margiris operation.

Greens Member for Braddon, Paul O’Halloran MP, said that this now provides Liberal Leader Will Hodgman with the opportunity to throw real and meaningful support behind the call to turn back the trawler.

“If Will Hodgman is genuine when he informed recent fishing group rallies that the State Liberals hold concerns over potential impacts of the super trawler, he will seize this opportunity and back up those words with action,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“Will Hodgman must now lobby his federal counterparts and call on them to support the Australian Greens’ motion in the Senate to overturn the raising of the fishing quota.”

“Senator Whish-Wilson’s motion seeks to examine the AFMA process that resulted in the quota being lifted, as well as the disturbing lack of a fisheries management plan to address potential local depletion.”

“Should the Greens’ motion be successful, the increased quota will be overturned. Given  it has been stated repeatedly that the increased quota is necessary to make the super trawler operation viable, any decrease should see the plug pulled on this controversial operation.”

“So seize the opportunity Mr Hodgman, lobby your Federal colleagues to support the Greens’ motion, and turn back the trawler,” Mr O’Halloran said.

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