Take 3 minutes to ban super trawlers forever

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Take 3 minutes to ban super trawlers forever

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Rebecca Hubbard via CommunityRun stopthetrawler@et.org.au via sendgrid.info

9:18 AM (2 hours ago)

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Dear friends,

It’s official. Super trawlers can be banned, and politicians do listen! We’ve convinced Tasmania’s major political parties to support a permanent ban on super trawlers to protect our fisheries and oceans from decimation. And now, as a nation, we need to convince the new Australian Government to do the same.

Here’s what you can do to help (in just 3 minutes!)

  1. Click here to send a message to your local Representatives in the Australian Government, and tell them to permanently ban super trawlers in Australian waters.
  1. Click here to chip in and help us get this powerful ad on TV and radio to increase the pressure on key decision makers in the Federal Government.

One of the key reasons we succeeded in getting a temporary two year ban was the support and actions of fishers and conservationists, together. If you’re a fisher – we need you to stick with us. If you’re a conservationist, we need you too! It’s time to rebuild momentum across the country to convince the new Australian Government to legislate a permanent ban on super trawlers before the temporary two year ban ends in November.

Last week, the Federal Court finally handed down their decision on super trawler proponent Seafish’s legal appeal against the temporary two year ban. The two year ban was upheld, with Justice John Logan saying that former Environment Minister Tony Burke was within his rights to ban the factory freezer trawler, which would have had uncertain impacts on small pelagic fish. That means new Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Secretary for Fisheries Richard Colbeck could permanently ban super trawlers in order to protect our environment and fisheries, so send an email to your local Representatives to increase the pressure on them!

Thanks for helping to make history for our oceans,

Bec, Erika and the Stop the Trawler crew

Ps. In 2012 we convinced the Australian Government to ban super trawlers for two years. In just three weeks, we convinced all Tasmanian political parties to support a permanent ban on super trawlers in Australian waters. Now it’s time to get the Australian Government – YOUR local MPs – on board again! Use our easy ‘Email Your MP’ tool here, and tell them to ban super trawlers forever.

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