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Dutch super trawler applies to become a floating freezer

Tuesday 22 January 2013

The Dutch super trawler the Abel Tasman, refused permission to fish in Australian seas, has applied to become a floating freezer.

The owners of the ship, which is registered in Katwijk and was previously known as the Margiris, have applied to the Australian authorities for permission to buy mackerel and redbait from other trawlers and to store these on board, reports the Nos news service.

The owners say they are no longer planning to fish and that inspectors are welcome to oversee activities on board.

The Abel Tasman has lain in port since the Australian government banned it from fishing off the coast of Tasmania in September 2012. The ban could last for two years while the Australians review the consequences for the fish stock.


© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

The "Margiris" should go home to Holland, it is not wanted in Australia. We have very few fish in our very limited fisheries, and the Margiris and other supertrawlers like it have already pillaged the seas of Africa! They have the cheek to say that our fish are needed to feed humans in Africa. Go home, Margiris.

By Claire Bettington | 22 January 2013 11:35 AM

Dutch Environmental Criminals!
This Super Trawler never made the news here in Holland for over 6 months they were caught trying to steal and empty the Southern Oceans of Fish Stocks!

I wonder which Global Food Corporation is financing this endeavour? And which Bank finances the greed for profit in this deal?

Ask your self, why is their no food in The North Sea anymore? Who over fished?

Leave the Marine Life alone - go back to Holland!

Keep a watch on this trawler via www.marinetraffic.com

By Miss Governance | 22 January 2013 3:25 PM

Man knoweth no greed, if it's not the factory ships, it's the oil sodden Niger Delta, bravo! :P

By The visitor | 22 January 2013 9:33 PM

claire - the margiris has never contributed to the destruction of any fisheries, nor has it ever been kicked out of any fisheries.. do some research.
the same amount of fish is going to africa one way or another, it will either be from australia, where it can be regulated, managed and made sure that it doesnt get out of control, or it will be from a nonregulated fisheries where there IS likely to be over fishing. good choice australia has made.. not!

miss governance - none of what you said is true.

By the truth | 24 January 2013 3:42 AM

Public opinion in Australia also speaks for Wildlife, unlike in The Netherlands!

Government overturned permission for The Super Trawler, people sentiment for Flora & Fauna & Ocean Life are sometimes equal and sometimes win over stupidity!


Happy for facts and in this case show you Legislation was born here and mistake then corrected, did anyone in Holland actually know about this until now...

No I think is the answer and do you care, I dont think so!

By Miss Governance | 25 January 2013 11:53 AM

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