Secrecy surrounding the activities of the factory trawler Geelong Star just got worse. The Government has shot the super trawler messenger by abolishing an important committee responsible for providing advice on the management of the Small Pelagic Fishery, which the Geelong Star operates in. Sign the petition and tell your Federal MPs to stop avoiding super trawler problems and protect our fisheries and marine life today!
The factory trawler Geelong Star continues to damage our seas, with less and less information being released by Government. Nine dolphins and at least four seals have been killed, the Independent Chair of the Small Pelagic Fishery advisory group quit due to concerns over industry influence, and what have the Government done in response? They are covering up the problems by axing the committee.
Take action here and ask your Federal Politicians to stop the secrecy and protect our marine life and fisheries for good.
The management of this fishery, the secrecy surrounding the trawlers operations, and its impacts, are under mounting speculation. We’re no longer being told how many seals are dying each day – the toll may be over 30 by now – we don’t know which recreational fisheries are being plundered because they won’t tell us where the trawler is fishing, and they won’t give us access to footage to ensure the company is playing by the rules.
This foreign factory trawler is operated by a company with a bad reputation and a history of illegal fishing. Why is our Government covering for them instead of protecting our Australian-owned fisheries and marine life?
We need to send our Local MPs a strong message that we won’t stand for this sell-out of our precious oceans to industrial trawlers. We need them to hear your voice, because we have stopped these super trawlers in the past, and we will do it again, with your help.
Please sign the petition to your Federal Politicians here today and urge them to stop the secrecy and support the Small Pelagic Fishery Pledge.
Thanks for all that you do,
Bec, Erika and the Stop the Trawler crew
p.s. Over 3,000 people have emailed their Federal MPs asking them to support the Pledge and protect our oceans from factory trawlers, but we need more. Without a wave of action, they won’t stand up on your behalf, so please take just 2 minutes to sign the petition to your Federal MP and help us stop the industrialisation of our oceans again!