Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Earth Science News .




WATER WORLD
Super-trawler company to fight Australian ban
by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) Sept 19, 2012


A company which wants to operate a super-trawler in Australian waters vowed on Wednesday to fight an environmental ban set to be imposed by the government on the giant vessel.

Parliament Wednesday passed legislation which could prevent the 9,500-tonne, 143-metre (469-foot) Abel Tasman from operating in Australian waters until more scientific research is completed, a process which could take up to two years.

But Seafish Tasmania, which wants to licence the super-trawler to fish in Australia, said it would fight the matter, saying Environment Minister Tony Burke's intervention to stop the vessel was discriminatory.

"If the government thinks we'll just walk away, they are wrong," Seafish Tasmania director Gerry Geen said in a statement cited by the ABC.

"We understand there are a number of legal and other avenues still open to us, including the option of going fishing."

The super-trawler arrived in Australia last month as part of a joint venture between Seafish Tasmania and a Dutch company with a view to trawling in the waters off the southern island state for baitfish.

But it has been unable to fish after a campaign led by Greenpeace and local fisherman prompted Burke to amend laws on environmental protection and biodiversity conservation.

The Senate passed the amendments on Wednesday which give the minister greater powers and could prevent the vessel from trawling Australia's oceans until scientific research into its impact is completed.

"The sorts of powers that are made available legally by this bill going through are similar to legal powers I already had on land," Burke said.

"My priority is to make sure that we look after the environment."

Burke's amendments were rejected by the conservative opposition, but they were passed by the upper house after some concessions from the government, including a review after 12 months.

Greenpeace led the campaign against the huge vessel, taking a series of blockade actions in both Australia and the Netherlands, on fears its haul could include threatened species in its by-catch and deplete fish stocks.

Fisheries authorities have dismissed concerns about over-fishing, saying the trawler would be allowed to catch just 10 percent of available fish and would have little, if any, impact on the broader eco-system.

.


Related Links
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





WATER WORLD
Marine park 'the size of the Moon' takes shape in Pacific
Avarua, Cook Islands (AFP) Sept 19, 2012
An ambitious plan to link marine parks across a vast swathe of ocean - whose surface area would equal that of the Moon - is slowly coming together piece by piece, say conservationists. Former international rugby league player turned environmentalist Kevin Iro is a driving force behind the part of the park that will encompass the Cook Islands - a nation whose combined landmass is barely b ... read more


WATER WORLD
EU offers Italy 670 mn euros in quake aid

Norway supplies $168M for famine relief

Haunting 'Land of Hope' part shot on location in Fukushima

Japan slams brakes on $63 billion in spending

WATER WORLD
e2v chosen to supply high performance imaging sensors for Japan's X-ray Free-Electron Laser

Less wear, longer life for memory storage device

Solving bubble troubles: new surface can prevent liquid explosions or even frost

International team of physicists makes discovery about temperature in convection

WATER WORLD
When it rains, it pours

Marine park 'the size of the Moon' takes shape in Pacific

Super-trawler company to fight Australian ban

Most coral reefs are at risk unless climate change is drastically limited

WATER WORLD
Shrinking snow depth on Arctic sea ice threatens ringed seal habitat

Arctic sea ice shrinks to lowest level on record: US

Brazil to begin rebuilding its burned Antarctic base

How fast can ice sheets respond to climate change?

WATER WORLD
Sweden seeks flexibility on EU ag reforms

Warmer Temperatures Make New USDA Plant Zone Map Obsolete

New gene could lead to better bug-resistant plants

Italian architect designs world's biggest vertical garden

WATER WORLD
Powerful Typhoon Sanba pounds South Korea

Nicaragua ups volcano response as San Cristobal rumbles

India landslide death toll jumps to 45: minister

Eruptions weaken at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire

WATER WORLD
Moroccan ex-POWs from W. Sahara conflict hold sit-in

No peace of mind for war-weary South Sudanese

Toll rises to 40 in S. Sudan military boat sinking: army

ECOWAS defence ministers meet on Mali, G.Bissau: official

WATER WORLD
Some gains but many mysteries as Alzheimer's epidemic looms

Stress breaks loops that hold short-term memory together

How early social deprivation impairs long-term cognitive function

Mapping a genetic world beyond genes




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement