Super trawler banned for two years

ENVIRONMENT Minister Tony Burke has quashed any chance of the Dutch super trawler Abel Tasman operating in Tasmania in the immediate future.

Mr Burke issued a final declaration on Friday stopping the trawler from operating in the area of the Small Pelagic Fishery for two years.

The declaration followed a second proposal by Seafish Tasmania.

Mr Burke said his decision stops vessels with a storage capacity of 1600 tonnes or greater from conducting mid-water trawl activities or operating as a "mother-ship" that receives or processes fish or fish products in the area of the Small Pelagic Fishery. 

This commercial fishing activity will be banned for 24 months while an expert panel undertakes an assessment.

Last year the government stopped the super trawler from operating in Tasmanian waters for up to two years while the independent assessment took place.


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