I highlighted our concerns expressed via the General Secretary to the EU about the activities of so called super trawlers that fish globally but have been particularly active in a stretch of waters spanning North Scotland – the West of Ireland – to West Africa.
Some countries are tackling this type of predatory attack on their resources. Large countries like Australia and small comparatively poor countries like Palau whose attempts to tackle aggressive illegal fishing by Chinese fleets I highlighted recently (links below).
Last year I sent a series of queries to domestic government (such as the UK and Ireland) and international bodies like the ILO, IMO and EU but we, individuals and groups, need to keep the pressure on.
A very good campaign source last year was New York journalist Ian Urbina and his series of articles ‘the Outlaw Ocean’. Ian told me recently he hopes to renew the campaign via the paper shortly and I hope this comes to fruition.
In the meantime to highlight why this is so important I attach a link to an article animalaustralia.org did just over six months ago when the campaign was ongoing (link);
There piece starts:
“There’s a fishing ‘boat’ the size of the Sydney Opera House trawling its way around southern Australia — catching and killing everything unlucky enough to swim in its path. Help stop this wholesale slaughter of our marine life!”
That was happening off Australia and for the past six months the same wanton destruction has been wreaked along the ‘Western Atlantic Arc.
This madness has to be confronted and stopped!
Image: The Geelong Star whish was fishing off Australia last year – these are not ‘trawlers’ they are floating factories consuming marine resources at an alarming rate
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