Groups join forces to push trawler ban

Recreational fishers and conservation groups have today launched a joint campaign calling on political parties to make pre-election commitments to permanently ban super trawlers from coming to the state.

Rebecca Hubbard, from Environment Tasmania, said since the ban on super trawlers was put in place in November 2012, the super trawler Margiris had been charged with illegal fishing in France and was being investigated for illegal fishing in Ireland.

''So when Australia's federal ban ends this year, Tasmania's oceans will once again be under threat from these destructive freezer factory trawlers,'' Ms Hubbard said.

The Stop the Trawler Alliance have been joined by Game Fishing Tasmania, TasFish Tasmanian Fishing News and Launceston Environment Centre and St Helens Gamefishing Club in their fight to ban super trawlers. 

The Stop the Trawler Alliance campaign will include public events, information stalls and lobbying around the state over the next six weeks.

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