Geelong Star kills an albatross

THE Geelong Star has been banned from fishing again, after it killed an albatross.

In a statement on Friday afternoon, the Australian Fishing Management Authority's acting chief executive Dr Nick Rayns said: 

“Minimising interactions with protected species, including albatross, is a requirement of good fisheries management,” Dr Rayns said.

“AFMA has investigated the likely cause of the albatross mortalities and is working with the vessel operator and seabird experts to minimise any future albatross interactions.

“AFMA must be satisfied with the additional mitigation measures before fishing can recommence.

“An AFMA observer and an electronic monitoring system will continue to monitor the vessel’s fishing operations, providing 24/7 monitoring coverage for the vessel.”

The vessel will remain docked until a solution to albatross deaths is found and meets the requirements of AFMA.

Last year the vessel was banned from fishing after it killed multiple dolphins.

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