CONGRATULATIONS to councillors Peter Hulin and John Harris on their stand against the Dutch super fishing trawler.
This, the second largest commercial fishing vessel in the world and the largest trawler ever to fish in Australian waters, has been given permission to trawl for 17,500 tonnes of baitfish per year, which is the favourite food of bluefin tuna, albatross and many other sea creatures.
Bluefin tuna is an endangered species and is at present hunted by both commercial and recreational fishers. The invasion of this Dutch monster will push tuna even closer to extinction.
According to Greenpeace, the industrial super trawler is part of the European Association of pelagic freezer trawlers responsible for the greatest depletion of fish resources on the planet. In waters off the Chilean coast they have driven jack mackerel numbers down by 90 per cent.
That huge drop in numbers brings to mind the famous study by Dr Boris Worm, who announced in 2006 that if overfishing and sea pollution continues unchecked, by 2048 the only creatures left in the ocean will be jellyfish.
Why has the government allowed such unsustainable fishing in the waters of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean?
Now is the time to voice our protest because once the fish have gone they will never return.
The Warrnambool Environmental Action Group supports the councillors and all environment groups in their protests against this menace and encourages every Australian to do the same.
Lisa Owen, Kelp Street, Warrnambool