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Super Trawler Submission

i Oct 27th No Comments by

The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission for the Senate Enquiry into the environmental, social and economic impacts of large- capacity fishing vessels commonly known as ‘Super Trawlers’ operating in Australia’s marine jurisdiction.

There is significant international experience in the collapse of fish stocks through the use of large capacity fishing vessels (Super Trawlers) in small pelagic fisheries and the impact is much wider than fisheries target species ultimately having long lasting environmental, economic and social impacts.

AFANT cannot support the further development of this fishery without measures to be put in place to protect key recreational fishing grounds in Australian coastal waters, stricter harvest rules to prevent any localised depletion and stronger prevention measures for the by-catch of protected species. Our full submission can be read here Super Trawler Submission