They’ve killed at least 9 dolphins, 15 seals, 11 albatross, 23 sharks, and caught a whale shark
The monster trawler Geelong Star has been destroying our local baitfish and protected species for almost a year now. It’s heart breaking and infuriating for people who love our oceans and want to make sure there’s fish for the future.
But in breaking news: NSW Primary Industries Minister, Niall Blair, has just come out demanding the Australian Government reviews its super trawler approval.
Our work is making a difference, and the more politicians we get to speak out in the lead up to the federal election, the better.
Here’s a wrap of everything you need to know about our fight to protect our oceans from monster trawlers, closing with some details on our exciting National Week of Action!
The monster trawler Geelong Star has taken thousands of tonnes of the baitfish that drive important game fishing and whale watching tourism on the NSW south coast. They’ve also killed at least 9 dolphins, 15 seals, 11 albatross, 23 sharks, and caught a whale shark – and they’re just the ones we know about……
We presented to the Senate Inquiry in April, demanding that the government end the secrecy and release the evidence they have of the monster trawlers damage to our oceans.[ii]
We’ve asked for the footage of the whale shark being caught and dragged on board the super trawler Geelong Star, but the government are using delay tactics. They’ve rejected all of our past Freedom of Information requests, and pushed out the date they need to respond to the latest request twice. But we’re not stopping until we get to the bottom of this scandal. We’ll keep you posted.
The NSW Minister for Primary Industries has come out calling for a federal review of the management of the super trawler in consultation with recreational fishers. This is great news! Our messages and actions are getting through to the people with power.
To keep the pressure building on our MP’s we’re having a National Week of Action from 16-22 May. Here’s how you can help:
Our fishing, marine life and coastal towns are still under threat from the factory trawler Geelong Star because the federal government has failed to act.
With your help, we can make sure the Government knows this issue is not going away.
Thanks for all that you do!
Bec, Ginny, Laura and the Stop the Trawler crew
p.s. A National Week of Action will help build the pressure on our federal MPs, making it clear this issue will not go away until factory trawlers are banned in our Small Pelagic Fishery. Share our graphics on facebook and click here to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to get posters and postcards for your community.