fishmaniac

Another Supertrawler - A repeat of 2 years ago

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So here we go again......

2 years ago we faced the same issue. The government giving approval without public consultation to allow the operation of factory vessel to fish the baitfish from Southern Australian waters. Once it was well known, it faced fierce opposition and the public managed to turn this vessel around.

Now they are back with a smaller vessel to skirt the laws imposed at the time. Nonetheless with a quota of 16,500 tonnes a year!!!!! Targeting red bait and mackerel - the stable food source for our tuna and billfish. Just imagine if this vessel pulled up at the carpark off port stephens and decimated the bait schools which sustain the marlin fishery.

Meanwhile the average Australian tax payer has to put up with ever increasing restrictions on fishing practices. I would doubt all of the recreational fleet combined would take 10% of what this vessel will take. But lets destroy OUR stocks to send Overseas because they have destroyed their own fishery - just to make a quick buck.

Last government was Labor, this is Liberal. It doesn't matter which party is in government, the only thing that seems to talk to these guys is $$$$$$$ and back room deals.

Spread the word and if we are lucky we may be able to turn this boat around too!

http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2015/s4184830.htm

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Holy Maccarony. This is scary: "FIONA BREEN: With a quota of 16,500 tonnes, the ship will fish three nautical miles out to sea in waters around southern Australia, from Perth to northern New South Wales."

and "...And it has hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fish in it..." well when i go out fishing, it certainly does not look like that to me. The fish are not exactly jumping in my boat.

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so where do i sign petitioning for these @rseholes to bugger off again...

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This is an absolute joke, Much the same as making St Georges basin, Botany bay, Sydney Harbour and Lake Macquarie all net free and rec only but allowing the Hawkesbury (the largest and by far the most important system in the region) to be absolutely smashed by nets..

You are right in saying the worst thing about this is Australian fish stock is just going to be sent to countries that have hammered their own fishery.

It's about time these pollies recognised once and for all that rec angling brings far more to the community and economy than netting and trawlers ever will but we wont stick around wasting our dollars if systems get fished out.

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Also keen to sign a petition, no doubt when one is in circulation one of our members will post it..

The concerning thing is this company has specifically sourced a smaller boat within the size restrictions outlined in the governments "guidelines" to remain compliant... what a joke.

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72.5k signatures at the moment. Mine is added.

Thanks Ryder

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72.5k signatures at the moment. Mine is added.

Thanks Ryder

Hmmmm that is a nice database of people's names and email addresses.

Who is storing all that information and where will it be passed onto?????? I would never "sign" an online petition. If you really feel that strongly then send an email to the minister or a letter by post ;)

I clicked on the owner of the page Environment Tasmania and got

The security certificate presented by this website was issued for a different website's address.

Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server

We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this website.

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Donna your correct that on the face of it. it looks iffy BUT I believe that this is just sloppy HTML by the site builder nationbuilder

The certificate error is due to the ssl certificate being issued to the site builder not the organisation.

Further the hyper link to the ET website is linking to a https prefix not http.

If you change the https to http you get to the environment tasmanian website.

For a professional organisation this is sloppy and clearly they have not tested what nation builder have created.

Imo this does not look like a dodgy site.

Also the email field is not compulsory on the petition

I do agree sending a letter is a great approach.

I

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Fishmaniac, hopefully they don't come anywhere near port Stephens. I seen the super trawler pass our house the year before and it was huge!

If they had permission to work up here, I'm sure there will be protests of mass proportion.

Keep us updated!

Cheers scratchie!!!

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Yes Steve all true. NationBuilder is used by non technical people to create websites, blogs and import contact lists (so a quick google search tells me).

It is a bit like DIY survey with Survey Monkey

I am just wary of unknowns collecting all the info and what they do with it.

Back to the original topic anyway.

mrsswordfisherman

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I signed it. Regardless scam or not id rather take the chance to stop the ba$£ard$

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Hi Raiders,,

I signed and also emailed my member of parliament Scott Morrison.

I received a detailed letter today from Scott Morrison explaining things.

The content of his letter basically meant the government is opposed to super trawlers but is not opposing this trawler/freezer ship because it's under 100meters long.

The "Geelong Star" is 95mtrs long with a holding capacity of 1100 tonnes.

So as far as they are concerned it's going to happen.

Regards

Paddy

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The problem is not that this beast will take more fish from the oceans (because the quota is not being increased) but rather it will make strong economical sense for it to take them from as small an area as it can (to save fuel and time).

So local depletions are the real problem, the size of the vessel just allows it to keep fishing (potentially in the same location) while it fills its quota.

Can you imagine the damage to recreational fishing and the economy of Port Stephens if it decided to net The Car Park?

And why wouldn't it? Its obviously going to go wherever the largest aggregations of small pelagic's (bait) are. At times the volumes of slimy mackerel holding there are huge.

The volume of small pelagic's around the Australian coastline is such that this quota is unlikely to have a major impact overall, but the threat of sever local depletion of stocks is very real and a huge problem!

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Hi Raiders,

I got this email today,

Andrew

You are making a difference! Click here to boost your impact on facebook

Over 14,000 people sent a message to the Senate Inquiry into super trawlers, making it loud and clear that Australians don’t support these industrial factory ships plundering our fisheries and marine life. THANK YOU!

MP’s are listening

Your actions prompted Liberal MP Bob Baldwin and Labor MP Melissa Parke to take a stand in the Federal Parliament against the super trawler.

We know MP’s are increasingly worried about the deaths of protected species, AFMA hiding information from the public, and impacts on local fishers. They are seeking expert advice, meeting with community members, and looking into ways to stop these foreign factory vessels. This is so important in the lead up to the Federal Election. Thank you for making this happen!

Super trawler law-breakers – spread the message

Seafish - who operates the monster trawler Geelong Star - has just received a $40,000 fine for illegally dumping 1,000 truckloads of wastewater from their old fish processing plant. Do you really think Seafish is going to stick by the laws managing our fisheries and protecting our marine life or do you think they will do everything they can to make a buck before moving on? Like and share our facebook post here so people know the truth about these law-breakers. If you don’t have facebook, forward this email onto 5 friends.

Picture from EPA newsletter February 2016

Whale shark investigation

We’re really worried about the impacts of the super trawler on the whale shark because experts say that these animals are vulnerable and should not be lifted out of the water. AFMA still won’t provide details, so we’ve put in requests through Freedom of Information to get the real truth. We’ll keep you posted.

We won’t give up

This was never going to be easy and we aren’t there yet, but we must not give up. The world’s fisheries are suffering - 29% are overfished and 61% are fully exploited* - so these foreign factory vessels need new fishing grounds. We must make sure that the Australian small pelagic fishery doesn’t go down the industrial path that has been so devastating elsewhere.

Thanks so much for everything you’re doing to help stop this tragedy unravelling on our shores.

Bec and the Stop the Trawler crew, Environment Tasmania

Ps. Help boost your impact against the super trawler by liking our facebook page and sharing our latest post about the dodgy operators law-breaking shenanigans here or forward this email to 5 friends.

*FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS Rome, 2014, The State Of World Fisheries And Aquaculture

-=-=-

Environment Tasmania · Level 1 100 Elizabeth St, Hobart, TAS 7000, Australia

This email was sent to jackandrew@aapt.net.au. To stop receiving emails, click here.

You can also keep up with Stop The Trawler Crew on Facebook.

-=-=-

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so where do i sign petitioning for these @rseholes to bugger off again...

Change.org

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Hey guys not sure how many of you are familiar with change.org but I sign about 5 petitions a month (on average) from this site and so far almost all of them have had a huge impact on the issue they are about. If there isn't one up on the site already I encourage someone with the right information and writing ability to start one up and send the link around.

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The Argentinian's play for real. Good bloody on them ✔️✔️✔️

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I received this email today from http://www.stopthetrawler.net/

Andrew --

We targeted four of the biggest supporters of the super trawler this election – and they all got booted out! That’s a massive win for our alliance. It shows all politicians that if they abandon their community and allow massive corporations to plunder Australia’s oceans, then we will vote them out.

Monster trawler supporters who lost their seats on Saturday include Peter Hendy in Eden-Monaro, Andrew Nikolic in Bass, Eric Hutchinson in Lyons and Brett Whiteley in Braddon. Compare this to the results for politicians who actually stood up for their people and against the super trawler, and kept their seat; politicians like the Liberal’s Sarah Henderson in Victoria, Tasmanian Independent Andrew Wilkie and Labor’s Julie Collins.

Click here to like and share this post on Facebook! It's pinned to the top of our page - please share it to let all politicians know what happens when they sell out our oceans and regional communities.

We still need to get whoever forms government to put in place a full super trawler ban. We have a commitment from Labor to do this, but nothing from Malcolm Turnbull, who has been shifty and evasive at every turn.

But for now, a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all of you who signed petitions, shared our updates on facebook, wrote to your members of parliament, or organised events in your town – this is your win. Now, any politician with half a brain will think twice before doing over their people and supporting monster trawlers that threaten our regional communities, kill our protected marine animals and steal our bait fish.

Respect and thanks to all of you,

Bec, Ginny, Laura and the Stop the Trawler crew.

P.s. All FOUR of the key super trawler supporters we targeted lost their seat on saturday. Please share the message on Facebook so that all politicians hear that when they don't stand up to super trawlers, they lose.

-=-=-

Environment Tasmania · Level 1 100 Elizabeth St, Hobart, TAS 7000, Australia

This email was sent to jackandrew@aapt.net.au. To stop receiving emails, click here.

You can also keep up with Stop The Trawler Crew on Facebook.

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So did i mate. Think it was due to me signing this petition you posted and inserted my email. Good stuff

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I've been getting emails from the AMCS asking for money to send a droin out to spy on the trawler after the government stuck a $35,000 price tag on the footage they have of the trawlers (which could have been edited).

Only took a week and I got new emails saying they had raised $15000 which was more than enough to send a drone out there and get some footage...hopefully it sheds some light on the horrendous amount of damage they cause.

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Hi Raiders,

I got this email today,

Andrew

You are making a difference! Click here to boost your impact on facebook

Over 14,000 people sent a message to the Senate Inquiry into super trawlers, making it loud and clear that Australians don’t support these industrial factory ships plundering our fisheries and marine life. THANK YOU!

MP’s are listening

Your actions prompted Liberal MP Bob Baldwin and Labor MP Melissa Parke to take a stand in the Federal Parliament against the super trawler.

We know MP’s are increasingly worried about the deaths of protected species, AFMA hiding information from the public, and impacts on local fishers. They are seeking expert advice, meeting with community members, and looking into ways to stop these foreign factory vessels. This is so important in the lead up to the Federal Election. Thank you for making this happen!

Super trawler law-breakers – spread the message

Seafish - who operates the monster trawler Geelong Star - has just received a $40,000 fine for illegally dumping 1,000 truckloads of wastewater from their old fish processing plant. Do you really think Seafish is going to stick by the laws managing our fisheries and protecting our marine life or do you think they will do everything they can to make a buck before moving on? Like and share our facebook post here so people know the truth about these law-breakers. If you don’t have facebook, forward this email onto 5 friends.

Picture from EPA newsletter February 2016

Whale shark investigation

We’re really worried about the impacts of the super trawler on the whale shark because experts say that these animals are vulnerable and should not be lifted out of the water. AFMA still won’t provide details, so we’ve put in requests through Freedom of Information to get the real truth. We’ll keep you posted.

We won’t give up

This was never going to be easy and we aren’t there yet, but we must not give up. The world’s fisheries are suffering - 29% are overfished and 61% are fully exploited* - so these foreign factory vessels need new fishing grounds. We must make sure that the Australian small pelagic fishery doesn’t go down the industrial path that has been so devastating elsewhere.

Thanks so much for everything you’re doing to help stop this tragedy unravelling on our shores.

Bec and the Stop the Trawler crew, Environment Tasmania

Ps. Help boost your impact against the super trawler by liking our facebook page and sharing our latest post about the dodgy operators law-breaking shenanigans here or forward this email to 5 friends.

*FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS Rome, 2014, The State Of World Fisheries And Aquaculture

-=-=-

Environment Tasmania · Level 1 100 Elizabeth St, Hobart, TAS 7000, Australia

This email was sent to jackandrew@aapt.net.au. To stop receiving emails, click here.

You can also keep up with Stop The Trawler Crew on Facebook.

-=-=-

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That fine is only $40 a truck it would cost more for them to dump it legally, so who's laughing?

The local council fined a new land owner near me $3000 for cutting trees down, his comment, that's only about $10 a tree if I knew that I would have cut down 10 times as many! so who's laughing?

These fines may sound a lot to the run of mill working family but to people with money to burn it's laughable.

So now you know who's laughing!

It's not you and me that's for sure.

Jeff

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Just read that the super trawler geelong star has now left Australian Waters and is no longer flying a Aussie flag so cannot legally fish our waters.

Hooefully it doesn't come back or worse they come back with a bigger trawler.

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