The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
Federal Court decision on Supertrawler
21 February 2014
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I welcome the decision handed down by the Federal Court in the case brought by Seafish Tasmania Pelagic Pty Ltd.
The ALP invited and approved the supertrawler to fish in Australian waters.
"This is the first time a trawler with a storage capacity of 2000 tonne or more is likely to operate in an Australian fishery..."
(Tony Burke Media Release, 4 September 2012)
They subsequently changed their mind once the trawler arrived, giving rise to this case.
The Government supports sustainable fisheries management and sustainable fisheries practices.
I have spoken to the CEO of Seafish Tasmania who has indicated they have no plans or intention to bring back the Margiris. I thank him for that reassurance.