Caroline Hoisington | The Mercury, 14 August 2012

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‘Groups unite to protect fish’

CPD Fellow observes resistance from many Tasmanian sides, to incursion on fish stocks by super trawler Margiris

Hundreds of boats representing a range of interest groups joined a protest in Hobart last weekend against the planned arrival of the freezer factory ship – the largest to fish in Australian waters.

Local fishers, some commercial fishermen and 14 environment groups have united in opposing this activity…

It’s not surprising that opposition to the Margiris is bringing together people who often find themselves on opposite sides of fisheries management debates — it’s hard to imagine how trawling out low-value fish that are feed for high-value fish such as tuna could ever make sense.

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