BREAKING NEWS: Greenpeace activists obstruct the Margiris

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Feature Story - 1 September, 2012
Right now Greenpeace activists have intercepted controversial Dutch super trawler, FV Margiris, and are obstructing it from sneaking into Port Lincoln Harbour in South Australia.

This morning Greenpeace activists intercepted controversial Dutch super trawler, FV Margiris, and attempted to stop it from sneaking into Port Lincoln Harbour in South Australia. The activists' inflatable boat was rammed out of the way and some of their ropes cut, but their determination remains to stop this super trawler from plundering Australia’s oceans.

Over the past few weeks, as the Margiris drew closer to Australia, community outrage has swelled. The government is starting to listen, but we still need it to act.

Time is running out – the Margiris is due to begin fishing any day now. The Australian Government still has the power to intervene and stop this from happening, so now is the time to increase the pressure. Tell the government to defend Australia’s oceans from super trawlers.

 

Take ActionNo super trawlers. Not here. Not anywhere.
http://bit.ly/no-supertrawlers

Fact file

  • The Margiris is larger than any vessel ever to have fished in Australian waters.
  • It is able to catch and process 275 tonnes of fish a day.
  • Super trawlers, including the Margiris, reduced jack mackerel stocks in the South Pacific by 90% – contrary to scientific predictions.
  • It will catch more than just fish. Dolphins, fur seals, sharks and sea birds are all at risk.
  • Since super trawlers started fishing off West Africa, fish stocks have plummeted.
  • Senegal has since banned Margiris and other super trawlers from fishing in its waters.
  • The Margiris and other super trawlers were ordered out of Western Sahara waters after they were found fishing in breach of international law in 2011.

In Senegal, 52,000 fishermen took to the streets in protest after their local fish stocks and source of income were ruined by the Margiris and similar vessels.

As a result, the Senegalese Government stepped up and banned super trawlers from its waters earlier this year.

Together we can urge the Australian Government to do the same before it’s too late. Please sign the petition today to protect our oceans for tomorrow.

Take ActionNo super trawlers. Not here. Not anywhere.
http://bit.ly/no-supertrawlers


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