Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012
Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says that the NSW
Government should take the advice of the five trawler operators from
Nelson Bay who have declared their practice environmentally damaging,
and move to ban trawling in the state's marine parks.
"Trawling is nothing less than land clearing with bulldozers and chains
at the bottom of the ocean. It kills fish and destroys habitat
indiscriminately. It has no place in a marine park," said Ms Faehrmann.
"If trawling is allowed to continue in key sensitive areas we are going
to see a rapid decline of marine life. Both the commercial and
recreational industries will suffer.
"While the federal government and the rest of the world is moving ahead
on marine protection, this government is taking NSW backwards. Winding
back measures at Solitary Islands and Jervis Bay Marine Parks that
reduced the areas available for trawling is just one example of this.
"Now even trawlers are seeing the writing on the wall, but the NSW
Government is more interested in appeasing extremists in the fishing
"The NSW Government is dragging its heels and trying to avoid taking
action. Their much trumpeted but unnecessary scientific review into
marine parks is now late.
"Meanwhile, trawling continues to destroy vital habitat for marine
"The NSW Government must heed this warning from within the industry and
ban trawling in all marine parks," said Ms Faehrmann.
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