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Greens respond to super trawler announcement

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Rachel Siewert 19 Nov 2012

The Australian Greens have this afternoon commented on Minister Burke's decision to extend the ban on the super trawler Abel Tasman for two years.

"This is a welcome announcement, particularly in the wake of last week's formalisation of the marine bioregional planning process. This Government, and indeed future Governments, need to ensure sustainable management of our oceans and the protection of the fish stocks that support communities around our coastline," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine and fisheries spokesperson said today.

"Australia should be setting international standards for fisheries management and sustainable industries and today's announcement from Minister Burke is a step towards that.

"I look forward to the finalisation of both the root and branch review of Australia's fisheries management system and the departmental internal review," Senator Siewert said.

"There is no doubt the government could have handled this Trawler issue better, but I don't think Liberal Party claims of increased sovereign risk in Australian fisheries is credible," claimed Senator Whish-Wilson.

"The truth is this particular fishery has hardly been touched in the past 12 years, and it is hard to see who would lose investment capital and future opportunities from today's announcement.

"But there are many winners, especially recreational fishing groups and conservationists, in fact all Australians who care about governments managing the many risks facing our oceans and fisheries," Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.

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