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Last chance for Labor and Liberal Senators to halt the super trawler

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Peter Whish-Wilson

Australian Senate Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania

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Thursday 23 August 2012 Last chance for Labor and Liberal Senators to halt the super trawler Tonight in the Senate the Australian Greens motion to disallow the quota for the super trawler was adjourned until Monday, September 10th after extended debate. The motion would disallow the fishing quota granted by the government that enables the unprecedented introduction of the factory ship to the Small Pelagic Fishery, effectively halting the FV Margiris. “Stakeholders across Australia have demanded legislated, transparent safeguards we can all see and trust to protect our fisheries and ecosystems now and into the future,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Tasmanian marine issues, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said today. “I’m urging all Tasmanians to contact their Labor and Liberal Senators to support the Greens motion when it comes to a vote in the next sitting period,” he continued. “The introduction of this factory trawler, which has an appetite of over 90,000 tons of fish per year, poses unaddressed risks to Tasmanian and Australian fisheries and the people whose livelihoods depend on them so we have to take what action we can to halt it.” he concluded. ------------------ ends ------------------------- Media Contact: Thomas Moore 0488334733