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Labor Moves to Stop the Super Trawler

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I am happy to advise that the Federal Labor Government has had its legislation pass the Parliament, which will toughen up environmental controls on vessels like the super trawler.

This legislation will prevent very large vessels, like the FV Abel Tasman, from fishing until further expert assessments are undertaken.

Along with my Tasmanian Labor colleagues, I have taken the community’s concerns to the responsible Ministers.

Minister Burke has said that this vessel is unlike any that has previously been considered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and it is appropriate for the government to review the conditions applied to this boat to ensure that they are world’s best practice. You can read his statement on the ALP Blog.

The world leading fisheries management system was established under the Hawke Government in 1991 and is a proud Labor legacy. However, times change and after twenty years it’s due for a refresh.

I am pleased that the Government has also announced the first comprehensive review of the fisheries management system to ensure it is in line with community expectations, socio-economic concerns and environmental measures.

I’ve been saying throughout this whole debate that we need to remove the emotion and concentrate on the facts. We need to be certain about the system and after twenty years, we need a fresh look.

This will give our system and our fishers, the confidence they need to continue to be some of the most productive, profitable and sustainable in the world.

It will also lead to increased community confidence in Australia’s world leading fisheries management system.

I spoke on this matter in the Senate recently. You can read it on my website or watch it on my YouTube channel.

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