The Australian Greens are taking new action to back fishers in the Australian Senate after Labor and the Coalition refused to support a previous motion against the controversial super trawler FV Margiris.
The new 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 controversial super trawler.
"The super trawler poses grave risks to Tasmanian and Australian fisheries and the communities whose livelihoods depend on them, so we have to take what action we can to halt it," Australian Greens spokesperson on Tasmanian marine issues, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said today.
"My motion earlier today was a very reasonable call to reverse the quota decision until the government could demonstrate that they have fully examined and mitigated issues such as the impacts of localised depletion and ensuring all compliance data will be publically available, but both Labor and Coalition Senators voted it down."
"The next step is to move to disallow the quota that the super trawler depends on to fish in Australian waters, and I call on both Labor and the Coalition to support that step when it comes to a vote on Monday.
"Yesterday's rally and delivery of a petition from 35,000 Australians demanding Government action to stop the super trawler clearly demonstrates the growing, unified opposition in Tasmania and across the nation from conservationists, fishers, and citizens concerned about the future of our fisheries and marine ecosystems to the unprecedented introduction of the factory ship FV Margiris to the Small Pelagic Fishery," he concluded.
The disallowance motion will be moved this coming Monday. If passed, the Government would then be able to introduce a new set of quotas quickly that could better reflect the state of fisheries science and the concerns of the community.