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Regulators Slammed by Scientist for Blocking Large Fishing Trawler

A TOP fisheries scientist has slammed the government's 11th-hour move to stop the controversial Abel Tasman super trawler as unscientific and driven by political expediency.

Colin Buxton, the director of the fisheries, aquaculture and coasts centre at the University of Tasmania's institute for marine and antarctic studies, said that the size of the 142-metre Dutch-owned trawler did not mean that it posed any greater environmental risk than several smaller vessels.

''It's just staggering [that] popularism and political expediency is now managing our fisheries,'' he said. ''I think it's incredibly dangerous. It's really sad that the decision has been handed down in this way.''

Source: Sydney Morning Herald. Read full article. (link)

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  • Agile Cyborg||

    ''These same people who are concerned about the … trawler and [are saying] you could take 10 small boats out there and that's a better idea. Based on what?'

    For one, localized catches will benefit the finances of your local fishermen. This is good for the local economy, klutz.

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