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AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST FISHING VESSEL GETS INCREASED QUOTA; PROCESS CALLED INTO QUESTION

08/27/2012

Approval of a significant increase in fishing quota for an Australian super trawler was called into question last week after a record of proceedings showed that a proponent of the fishing venture was allowed to outline the plan. Conservation advocates maintain that approval was granted to double a key jack mackerel quota in advance of the arrival of the largest fishing boat ever to sail Australian waters based on old and unreliable data, and a recreational fishing advocate called the decision a "perverted process." Gerry Green, whose company was awarded the quota to be fished by the super trawler, was allowed to remain in an Australian Fisheries Management Authority meeting without explicit authorization. Six top fisheries scientists said that the quotas are more conservative than those recommended by best management practices. Tasmania's three political parties joined forces last week in a motion against the trawler. For the full story, see http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/super-trawler-deal-perverted-20120824-24s6f.html and http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/feared-impact-of-super-trawler-margiris-enrages-nsw-anglers/story-fndo317g-1226456928342.