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Greens motion demands that Greg Hunt must deny catch and kill exemption in favour of non-lethal measures

In line with No Shark Cull Rallies across the country Greens Senator spokesperson on marine issues Rachel Siewert has today announced a notice of motion that will condemn new Serious Threat Guidelines of the Western Australian Government.

"The first week back in the Senate we are moving to highlight that in Western Australia the move towards a revised catch and kill policy is just as indiscriminate and as nonsensical as hanging hooks along our coast throughout the summer.

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Trawler ban a political stunt if it doesn’t address capacity

Greens fisheries spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says the Abbott government’s super trawler ban is a cynical political ploy and not science based fisheries policy.

“This ban is a cynical political ploy not based on the recent independent scientific panel’s advice on super trawlers,” Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

“Banning ships over a certain length means nothing if mega freezing capacity industrial scale trawlers are still allowed to plunder our oceans and threaten ecosystems.

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Shark hunt off WA coast a drastic overreaction: Greens

The Australian Greens said today that the issuing of a catch and kill order for a white shark off Warnbro Sound is a drastic overreaction.

"It is outrageous that the Government would be using the tagging system to hunt sharks off the WA coast," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"Preventative measures are in place and tracking and monitoring can continue. There's nothing to suggest it poses a threat and that this shark needs to be killed, simply for being in what the Government considers to be the wrong place at the wrong time.

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This is the boat Minister Morrison needs to stop

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Federal Government to apprehend the notorious pirate vessel MV Thunder which is currently being pursued by the Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean. After years of being pursued by Australia and other nations, the MV Thunder was arrested and impounded by Malaysian authorities in May of this year.

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Greens welcome RV Investigator

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, attended the Welcome to Port celebrations for the RV Investigator in Hobart today.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This vessel is going to give Australia unprecedented capacity to undertake marine and climate research throughout the Southern Ocean.

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