Dolphins are known to feed at night, and after the Geelong Star killed nine dolphins in its first two fishing trips, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority banned it from night fishing. But now, the operators of the Geelong Star are crying poor and lobbying to lift the night fishing ban, even though they don’t have a proven way to stop dolphins and seals dying.
The Abbott Government is expected to make a decision about approving night fishing (and dolphin killing) in the next three days. Please click here to sign a quick email to the Government urging them to protect our dolphins.
Dolphins and redbait. Photo: Jonathon Poyner
Seafish – the Tasmanian operators of the factory trawler Geelong Star – pleaded guilty to a string of pollution charges in a Tasmanian court last week. Parlevliet en van der Plas – the foreign owners of the Geelong Star – have been charged with illegal overfishing a number of times overseas.
We will be stepping up the action against super trawlers over the next few months because we don’t think the Abbott Government would dare go into the next election boasting dead dolphins and plundered recreational fisheries, and we’ll need your help.
It’s fair to say that the campaign against super trawlers in Australia has been one of the most inspiring, uniting and effective campaigns for our oceans in recent history. Thank you for making this happen!
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