Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Fishers urged to protest marine parks in Sydney, 14 September

by Media Services on 10 Sep 2012
Fight Back ..
Yesterday, Monday 10 September at 4pm, Marine Park submissions closed for the final Commonwealth marine reserves network, but industry and the general public won’t remain silent on the threats to livelihoods and their rights to fish.

A range of protests has been organised across the country, pointing out the hypocrisy of allowing the Dutch super trawler, FV Margiris to commence operations in Tasmanian waters, all while locking out the Australian commercial fishing fleets.

The Margiris and Seafish Tasmania, both owned by the Dutch Company Parlevliet & Van Der Plas, were the target of a protest rally by Victorian anglers on Saturday 1 September.

Over 300 vessels from as far away as Portland converged on the West Gate Bridge for a protest ‘boat tow’ and then gathered at the Altona boat ramp for a rally attended by 1200 angry recreational fishers and industry representatives.

President of the Game fishing Association of Victoria, Geoff Fisher said: 'The very idea that the Gillard government is locking recreational fishers out of millions of square kilometres under the disguise of sustainability concerns while inviting in a factory ship capable of taking thousands of tonnes of baitfish from our prime fishing grounds is unacceptable.

'Minister Ludwig then states that our fisheries are managed sustainably. I can only ask where he was when we were getting locked out of Marine Parks. This is a slap in the face to all recreational fishermen in Australia,' he added.

In Western Australia, hundreds of people gathered on the Perth foreshore to protest the Federal Government’s proposed marine park network that would see fishing banned in parts of WA waters.


Hunt told the crowd proposed plan was a 'threat to our lifestyle'.

'People from high places are making rules for you people when they don't know what's going on. It’s called dictatorship and it’s un-Australian. Fishing has been part of our culture since we landed here.

'While I'm drawing breath, no bloke in Canberra who doesn’t fish will tell me what's going to happen!'

Hunt urged Australians to keep fishing, saying it turned children into 'good citizens'.

In Sydney, Friday 14 September, there are plans for two protests – one at the Prime Minister’s electorate office and the other at Tony Burke’s electorate office.

Organisers are inviting people to assemble at 3pm Friday September 14 outside Tony Burke's office at Shop G29, Centro Roselands, Roselands Drive, Roselands, NSW.

For the rally at the PM’s office, the address is Lalor Electorate Office Shop 2, 36 Synnot Street Werribee, VIC.
Organisers are urging people to attend and bring signs and banners protesting both the super trawler and marine parks.

More at www.keepaustraliafishing.com.au

NaiadInsun - AC ProgramProtector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Keep the water out with Zhik’s new Superthermal Hydrobase
The lower arm and leg of the new Superthermal Hydrobase is made from a water-repellent, stretch woven fabric We’ve all done it - and fished a rope out of the water, pushed the rudder down or stepped down the slipway one foot too far and gained that unwanted wet sleeve or leg.
Posted on 9 Aug
North Sails releases new 3Di Headsail for the J/105 Class
North Sails released its latest headsail design for competitive J/105 class. The Li-5 3Di jib replaces the L-4 3DL jib North Sails released its latest headsail design for the competitive J/105 class. The Li-5 3Di jib replaces the L-4 3DL jib bringing the ultimate consistency and performance of North’s exclusive 3Di technology to this light-air optimized headsail. The Li-5 is the perfect complement for the Mi-4 3Di jib which is an all-purpose sail.
Posted on 4 Aug
Hands up - Who is wearing the Zhik Boot 460 at the Moth Worlds?
The Zhik Boot 460 are known as the active dinghy sailors ‘best friend’. The Zhik Boot 460 are known as the active dinghy sailors ‘best friend’. Last week Peter Burling rang the Zhik product development team in Sydney, for assistance to get hold of a pair of the Boot 460s in time for the Moth Worlds in Lake Garda. And looking around the fleet it seems he’s not alone, and the 230 strong fleet of Moth sailors are voting with their feet too.
Posted on 29 Jul
Yacht Racing Forum extends partnership with Zhik for two more years
Top sailors choose Zhik gear to win world championships, and demand it for their OIympic campaigns. The company sells its products into an international network covering more than 40 countries, in Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific.
Posted on 25 Jul
Moth Worlds – Moth speed uncovered
C-Tech’s Tim Willetts takes time to reflect on changes in Moth class rig design and development over the past six years With the 2017 Moth world championship starting Tuesday, C-Tech’s Tim Willetts takes time to reflect on changes in Moth class rig design and development over the past six years. A lot has happened behind the scenes that is giving the top sailors the edge by staying ahead.
Posted on 25 Jul
Int Moth Worlds - Zhik returns to its spiritual home at 2017 Worlds
Zhik is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships Zhik, the innovative sailing apparel specialist, is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships. And, ten years on, the Moths are returning to their spiritual home on Lake Garda. Zhik and the International Moth class are virtually synonymous with each other.
Posted on 20 Jul
World Sailing confirms strong presence at Yacht Racing Forum 2017
The tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum, in Aarhus, Denmark will reassemble the sport’s key personalities and actors The tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum, in Aarhus, Denmark (November 27-28) will once again reassemble the sport’s key personalities and actors, including a strong delegation of World Sailing representatives.
Posted on 19 Jul
Watch Change in Crosshaven - UK Sailmakers under new command
'Our strength has always been service, quality and people. Right now, they are Graham, Claire and Barry.' The famous Crosshaven loft that is part of the UK Sailmakers organisation will shortly have a new crew on deck. Barry Hayes, Claire Morgan and Graham Curran are taking over from Des McWilliam who is stepping down after 39 years in the business and 25 years at the helm of McWilliam Sailmakers.
Posted on 3 Jul
A Few Rays – What to know about your skin?
Skin has evolved over the millions of years to keep water outside of the body out Skin has evolved over the millions of years to keep water outside of the body out, while keeping the moisture we have in our body in. That’s a good thing right? – So we don’t blow up every time we take a swim or go out in the rain. Likewise so we don’t dry up in the sun.
Posted on 25 Jun
A Few Rays - Go Faster!
How the right sunscreen can make the boat go faster How the right sunscreen can make the boat go faster A good sunscreen is a very necessary part of the sailor’s equipment. When the sunscreen works really well and the sailor using it can do a multi-day regatta without burning or distraction, then that is a piece of equipment worth having.
Posted on 24 Jun