Australia imposes two-year supertrawler ban

Environment Minister Tony Burke in September blocked the 9,500-tonne, 143-metre (469-foot) Abel Tasman from operating for 60 days until more scientific research was completed.

The Dutch-owned vessel, previously known as the Margiris, planned to trawl off Tasmania, but environmental campaign group Greenpeace voiced fears its haul could include threatened species in its by-catch and deplete fish stocks.

On Monday Burke extended the ban — which covers the Small Pelagic Fishery running along the country’s southern coast from near Perth in the west almost to the Queensland border in the east — for the maximum 24 months allowed.

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