Super trawler threatens species

IF YOU think the fishing's been tough lately it may be about to get a whole lot tougher.

A massive floating fish processing plant is heading toward our waters and fishermen are furious

Known as 'the super trawler', the vessel Margiris is one of the biggest fishing boats in the world and features a massive net capable of scooping up tonnes of mackerel and other pelagic species.

Sunfish Mackay president Lance Murray said the ship would "rape and pillage our oceans".

"The species of fish they chase are pelagic," Mr Murray said.

"All these pelagic fish, the ones we have off Mackay, follow the bait.

"That's their diet."

Mr Murray said the target species were fish that used the Coral Sea as a migratory route.

"These super boats just go and strip the migration routes bare," he said.

"And once the bait and fish stocks are gone, they are gone forever.

"Everyone should be made aware of this proposal," he said.

From a Sunfish Mackay perspective, Mr Murray said anglers should cast their minds backs to the demise of the Western Australian pilchard.

"Now the majority of pilchard stocks are imported," he said.

"For something that's going to have such a serious impact on fish stocks we should support interstate anglers and stop this ship."


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