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200 boats in super-trawler protest

The Margiris is due to arrive in Devonport, Tasmania, this month.
The Margiris is due to arrive in Devonport, Tasmania, this month. Greenpeace

MORE than 200 boats have formed a convoy on Hobart's River Derwent to protest against a controversial Australia-bound super-trawler.

Recreational fishers have joined their commercial counterparts in an unlikely alliance with environmentalists and tourism operators, all calling on the federal government to stop the 142m factory trawler fishing in Australian waters.

The protesters are concerned that the boat will severely deplete local fisheries and populations of dolphins and seals that could be snared in its massive nets.

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the federal government had no fisheries management plan, particularly for local depletion.

"We think the federal government's been wrong-footed, they haven't been prepared," Senator Whish-Wilson said.

Read more at the Australian.

Topics:  greens protest


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