The government is forging ahead with support for ongoing bottom trawling despite widespread public outrage at the damage it is causing to the marine environment.
Two decisions within days of each other confirm the government is committed to allowing bottom trawling, dredging and seining in inshore waters. Both decisions are contrary to the government’s vision for healthy and productive oceans.
We’ve been waiting for tangible evidence the government is serious about its much-vaunted “stewardship” responsibilities. None has been forthcoming.