Super trawler protest continues
ALL major Tasmanian political parties have said they oppose super trawlers fishing near state waters.
Super trawlers would not be allowed in any Tasmanian waters under a Liberal government, Shadow Minister for Fisheries Rene Hidding said.
“They would have to apply and we wouldn’t support it,” Ms Hidding said.
Tasmanian waters were too shallow anyway, the Liberals said.
Labor opposes super trawlers in and around Tasmanian waters, deputy premier and minister for primary industries and water Bryan Green said.
“Tasmanian Labor will not support a super trawler operating in Commonwealth waters around Tasmania,” Mr Green said.
The Greens yesterdaycomWed called on both parties to announce their opposition to super trawlers.
The Labor Party said they were not dancing to the Greens’ tune, and their position was clear.
“Tasmanian Labor’s strong opposition to the super trawler remains unchanged,” Mr Green said.
The Liberals have said television advertisements have unfairly attacked the Liberals, despite their opposition to super trawlers.
The state parties’ opposition does not mean a super trawler could not operate.
Seafish Tasmania has repeatedly stated it would never fish in Tasmanian waters.
A super trawler operating in Commonwealth waters near Tasmania would need the Federal Government’s rubber stamp.
The Federal Government’s ban on super trawlers ends this year.
An anti-super trawler meeting will be held at the Mersey Yacht Club on Tuesday, February 25.
The organisers are calling for a permanent ban on super trawlers in Australia.
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