Greenpeace intercepts super trawler Margiris in southern Australia

Press release - August 30, 2012
Port Lincoln, 30 August 2012- Greenpeace activists on an inflatable boat intercepted the world's second largest factory fishing trawler, the FV Margiris, and are blocking the monster ship's attempt to sneak into Port Lincoln in South Australia.

Greenpeace is calling on the Australian government to refuse to grant a
fishing license to the FV Margiris and introduce a policy to ban all
super trawlers from Australian waters.

"These ships literally vacuum up entire schools of fish. You could fly a
jumbo Jet through the opening of its net with room to spare," said
Greenpeace Australia Pacific oceans campaigner Nathaniel Pelle from the
deck of the Margiris." Wherever these super trawlers go, they leave
devastated fisheries in their wake. If we want healthy oceans and ample
seafood for the future, we need fewer massive boats and more fish."

"The Margiris has contributed to the overfishing of European waters, the
collapse of fisheries in the South Pacific, and the devastation of
fishing communities in West Africa. Greenpeace is working with diverse
groups of Australians to prevent the same thing happening in Australia."

The Gillard government has the power to stop the Margiris' plunder
before it begins.Tens of thousands of Australians have already told the
government to stop the super trawler, and public outrage from a broad
range of communities - from environmental groups to recreational
fishermen - continues to grow driven by the government's failure to act.

"Our oceans do not stand a chance against this kind of vessel -- and
neither do Australian fishermen. Even research[1] cited by the
owners shows that despite new technology, many animals, including fur
seals, will routinely be killed in its nets. Both the Environment and
Fisheries Ministers are rightly expressing serious concerns, but now,
with this ship already in our waters, time is running out for them to
display some common sense and refuse to grant a license to the
Margiris," said Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter. "Allowing
it to fish in Australian waters is not just against the national
interest, it is simply absurd."

The Greenpeace 'No Super Trawler' petition is available at:
www.greenpeace.org/australia/no-supertrawlers

For more information, photo and video, contact: Julie Macken in Port Lincoln, +61 400
925 217. James Lorenz, in Sydney, +61 400 376 021, Steve Smith in
Amsterdam +31 643 787 359

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[1] Seafish Tasmania are claiming they have trialled new seal
excluders that will be fitted to the Margiris. However research Seafish
are relying upon does not support their arguments. During the research
observers estimated 55 seal deaths and 20 injuries for 97 trawls. That's
more than one seal killed for every 2 trawls. Moreover, the study was
conducted on a vessel almost a third the size of the Margiris. Research
paper: Lyle, J.M., and Wilcox, S.T, Dolphin and Seal Interactions with
Mid-water Trawling in the Commonweatlh Small Pelagic Fishery, Including
An Assessment of Bycatch Mitigation, February 2008. Available at:
http://www.imas.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/149648/R05_0996_Final-Rep.pdf