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Geelong Star – An albatross around its neck ?

Postby mrfisho Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:38 am

Geelong Star – An albatross around its neck ? – try seven!!!
On its most recent fishing trips the Geelong Star caught 7 albatrosses with this response from AFMA-
“Following a higher than expected level of albatross mortalities on the Geelong Star’s last fishing trip in the Small Pelagic Fishery, the vessel will not fish again until additional mitigation measures are agreed by Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to minimise any further interactions.”
Check out their press release at:
http://www.afma.gov.au/action-taken-alb ... rtalities/
We understand that the vessel is now back on its way to again fish our iconic recreational fishing spots on the south coast of NSW.
Local Federal Member Peter Hendy has again failed to stand up for the residents of the south coast by letting this vessel to continue to fish the area.
One question Peter – what benefit does letting this foreign owned industrial scale fishing vessel bring to the south coast of NSW?
You can certainly let Peter know your views about this issue at the ballot box later this year, and in the mean time send him a message at:
https://www.keepaustraliafishing.com.au ... rtrawler#a
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Re: Geelong Star – An albatross around its neck ?

Postby mrfisho Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:20 am

Send a message to Peter Hendy and the Government – Put local coastal communities before foreign owned factory freezer vessels
Peter Hendy and his Government have approved the Geelong Star to fish over the top of our recreational fishing grounds and tourist spots around Australia.

The economics on the Geelong Star doesn’t stack up
This decision to allow the Geelong Star to fish Australian waters was done without assessing the potential economic and social impacts the Geelong Star might have on recreational fishing and tourism, or the communities and businesses that support them.

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Expenditure on recreational fishing injected into local businesses on the south coast of NSW is estimated at $395 million a year. The potential impact of the Geelong Star on recreational fishing on the south coast of NSW has not been assessed. However, if the Geelong Star were to have a 5 percent negative impact on recreational fishing on the south coast alone, the loss will exceed the total value the Geelong star brings to the Australian economy (estimated at $20 million a year) – noting that it is not known whether the total value that the Geelong Star generates stays in Australia. This is without considering the impact of the Geelong Star on other coastal communities around Australia.

The Geelong Star is coming back to NSW South Coast
After being banned for killing a dolphin, the Geelong Star will be allowed back to fish NSW south coast, including Eden, Tathra, Bermi, Narooma, Batemans Bay, and Ulladulla, this December – just in time for Christmas holidays.

Take the Baitfish and you hurt our coastal communities
The Geelong Star targets and harvests tonnes of the baitfish that are essential to the marine food web.

There is a simple equation here:

Take away the baitfish and you take away the sea mammals such as dolphins and key recreational fish species such as marlin, tuna and kingfish;
Take away the sea mammals and recreational fish species and you take away the recreational fishers and tourists;
Take away the recreational fishers and tourists and you take away the local businesses
Answer: You have taken away our community’s future.
Peter Hendy can stop the Geelong Star
Peter Hendy and his Government have the power to stop the Geelong Star fishing the south coast and other recreational fishing spots around Australia.

But will he?

Foreign owned factory freezer vessel or our local coastal communities?
For Mr Hendy there is a simple decision here:

Will he stop the Geelong Star fishing our favourite recreational fishing grounds and tourist spots and affecting our local communities? or
Will he put the interests of a foreign owned factory trawler above the interests of the local communities in his own electorate?
Decisions on the Geelong Star will be made soon
We understand there will be a meeting next week of politicians with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss concerns about the Geelong Star and its future.

Take Action Now to Stop the Geelong Star
We need to act now! Send a message to Peter Hendy and Malcolm Turnbull now with a clear message: Our communities come first – send the Geelong Star back to where it came from.

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Re: Geelong Star – An albatross around its neck ?

Postby ThomasG Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:49 pm

We, wife and I, have both sent this message off. I can only ask that if you read this post and have not sent the message........Please take the 35 seconds and do so.
We must stand together.

Cheers......ThomasG


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