On the weekend, the protests against the giant ship fishing for small pelagics in Australia’s southern waters spread to Western Australia when hundreds of people rallied in Fremantle spelling out a human message “stop the trawler”. Federal member for Fremantle Melissa Parke and the Fremantle Mayor both spoke against the trawler at the rally. The WA Fisheries Minister has expressed concern, and state Labor opposition and Greens have also spoken against the vessel, with Gosnell’s MP Chris Tallentire attending the rally on behalf of the state opposition. State independent member for Fremantle Adele Carles also attended.
In the Federal Parliament, Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie has rasied the stakes on his campaign to expose serious problems in the process used to determine the allowable catch for the trawler. Initially he referred concerns about a conflict of interest to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, now he has also unearthed concerns from some committee members that there concerns were misrepresented in the process. More here.