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Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery


Kim Booth

Kim Booth  -  Thursday, 26 June 2014

Tags: Super Trawler

The Tasmanian Greens are calling for a formal state and federal process to investigate concerns that trawlers are impacting on the Tasmania’s Giant Crab Fishery (TGCF), with Greens Leader and Primary Industries spokesperson Kim Booth MP raising the matter in the State Parliament today..

“I have written to Minister Rockliff raising serious concerns held by the Greens about the health of the TGCF industry, in light of issues raised by the Department’s submission to the federal Environment Department, and anecdotal evidence from local fishing representatives,” Mr Booth MP said.

“Federal Environment Department is currently assessing our Giant Crab Fishery for a renewal of its exemption for export approval which expires on the 22nd of July this year, and it is incumbent on the Minister to ensure that measures are in place to address these concerns.”

“Clearly DPIPWE, the Minister’s Crustacean Fisheries Advisory Committee, and locals believe there are legitimate concerns that the south east trawler industry may be impacting on the TGCF, and we need to take appropriate investigatory action to ascertain the situation.”

“Reported comments from Senator Colbeck that the two fishery industries involved should sort it out between them is an unacceptable shirking of his responsibility.”

“We need a swift commitment from both tiers of government to get to the bottom of why there is less Giant Crabs being caught, and why there appears to be an increase in the number of those caught which are incomplete in some manner, usually with one of the large front claws missing.”

 “On behalf of the Greens I am calling on both Senator Colbeck and State Minister, Jeremy Rockliff to commit to establishing a joint jurisdiction investigation to ascertain whether trawlers are impacting on the TGCF, and the necessary mitigation actions.”

“The proposed project between DPIPWE AND IMAS to investigate the interaction between the two fisheries must be secured, and appropriately funded and resourced as a first step,” Mr Booth said

Text of motion tabled by Kim Booth MP in the House of Assembly:

That this House:

  1. Notes concern raised by DPIPWE in a recent Departmental  submission to the federal Environment Department, and anecdotal evidence from local fishing representatives of the potential impacts the south east trawler industry may be having on the Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery (TGCF);
  2. Notes the federal Environment Department is currently assessing our Giant Crab Fishery for a renewal of its exemption for export approval which expires on the 22nd of July this year;
  3. Recognises that just as there are overlaps between the commonwealth approved south east trawler fishery and the TGCF, there is a joint state and federal responsibility to ensure the interaction between the fisheries is not detrimental to either one;
  4. Rejects reported comments from Senator Colbeck that the two fishery industries involved should sort it out between them as an  unacceptable shirking of responsibility; and
  5. Calls on both Senator Colbeck and State Minister, Jeremy Rockliff to commit to establishing a joint jurisdiction investigation to ascertain whether trawlers are impacting on the Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery.