Join with Greenpeace to get super trawlers banned from our oceans

 

What’s happening?

In 2012, Greenpeace and their supporters stopped the Margiris super trawler from causing irreparable damage to our marine life and coastal fishing communities. Australians united to have super trawlers banned for two years.

All over the world – in Europe, West Africa, the South Pacific – local fisheries have collapsed in the wake of these super trawlers. The European Union bears the greatest responsibility for the destruction of the oceans and many of its boats travel all over the world seeking access to distant waters – like Australia’s. Super trawlers are able to process, package, and freeze thousands of tonnes of fish and keep trawling for weeks at a time, these enormous boats – up to 144 metres in length – really are of the monster kind. Now Australia’s fish stocks and the livelihoods of our fishermen are threatened by the return of these foreign-owned factory ships. In the waters around Tasmania we have already seen a dramatic decline in the once-large surface schools of jack mackerel. Inviting super trawlers into our fishery would risk repeating that mistake. Jack mackerel and similar species are an important food source for endangered blue fin tuna, protected Australian sea lions, and other important species.

Greenpeace’s efforts

The Australian Government can stop the threat of foreign super trawlers fishing Australian waters by making the ban permanent. The global industrial fishing fleet is 2-3 times too big for the world’s fish stocks to sustain. This excess fishing capacity has meant that now the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that around 30% of fish stocks are depleted or overexploited and more than half are fully exploited, meaning fish stocks won’t be able to match the growing demand for cheap seafood.

Supporting Greenpeace

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The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

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The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

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How you can help

Join with Greenpeace to call for a permanent ban on super trawlers:
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/oceans/No-Super-Trawlers/

 

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