12 Sept 2012


Name changing is the name of the game for this super trawler
(This boat has fished every ocean and been banned from many)
Oh! By the way I believe it's subsidised by the EU

Super trawler--Name change for Australia
it has been known as....
Annelies Ilena
Atlantic Star
Siberian Enterprise
and now Abel Tasman?
"Is this only the first of many Super trawlers"

September 9, 1999 | In a victory for fish and fishermen, the Atlantic Star, the huge factory trawler eyeing the East Coast herring and mackerel fisheries, has called it quits. By trading in her U.S. flag for a Dutch flag and changing her name to the Anellias Ilena, the Atlantic Star has surrendered its right to fish in U.S. waters.

Wilson Tuckey(ex Coalition,and no Greeny)

The extent of the destruction of fish breeding stocks is best exemplified by the collapse of the North Sea cod fishery as century old practices of handline fishing were progressively replaced by vessels and the technology encompassed in the Margiris super trawler.
It is worth noting that after years of sustainable fishing and “Cod Wars” as Iceland tried to protect its industry from super trawlers, they all returned for another season of exploitation and caught no fish at all.Not Half or a Quarter of past averages but virtually overnight the fishery had collapsed.
My take
I look at this this whole episode is a little different, forget the implications of over fishing(which are bad enough), what about the local fishing industry, do we want to sea our small fishing communities devastated.
Maybe I'm strange but I love to visit small harbours and sea the small boats preparing to sail, or the blessing of the fleet.
These small places will become ghost towns, why, because these large boats do not use small towns at all.
Sure they're efficient, forget peoples jobs and sustainability for small fishing villages, they're only people!

Some hands on experience by a deck hand

New Zealand'er Matthew Zonderop, has worked on the super-trawlers and says everything should be done to keep them out of our waters.
"We are asking for trouble, they will just plunder us, take everything and go," he said.
Zonderop, who began on North Atlantic super-trawlers as a deck hand and rose to become a mate, says a single super-trawler could take in just under a month New Zealand's entire 120,000 tonne hoki annual allowable catch.
It could take one of the key southern blue whiting annual quotas in a single voyage.
"These ships are really efficient, they take everything they target," he said.
"Our New Zealand fishery does not have the sustainability of the North Sea and North Atlantic.... We don't have that and our fish stakes wouldn't sustain a trawler of that size."
Zonderop said when he first went into a herring fishery north of Iceland, they were taking fish as big as his arm; within five years they were only as big as his hand.
"It was pure greed; the people who ran the boats did not know the word sustainability once stock decrease it seems they moved on and change the name once again."

"They are very efficient and very ruthless."In cold waters, such as the North Sea, the super trawlers had very low by-catches and he believed it would be the same chasing pelagic species around New Zealand and Australia.
Super-trawlers had 1.5 kilometres long nets with very wide openings and powerful engines. With their sonars they could quickly identify mid-ocean schools of fish and sweep them in.
Lithuania shipping vessel Margiris
(Let the little fish have a go)

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