THE Abel Tasman, formerly the FV Margiris, is expected to leave Port Lincoln today.
Greenpeace claimed that the Abel Tasman would begin fishing yesterday, but according to the Flinders Port’s website, the Margiris is expected to depart at 2pm today.
Yesterday a Seafish Tasmania spokesperson said the vessel had to complete a few tasks before heading out into the Great Australian Bight.
“Dotting i’s and crossing t’s in relation to the safety assessment of the vessel and things like that,” the spokesperson said.
Conditions imposed by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke on the Abel Tasman had no major impact on when the vessel will begin to fish.
“Most of those were similar to, or even suggested by, Seafish in relation to how they were going to operate,” the spokesperson said.
“They are tough, but they are not game changers or game stoppers.”
Yesterday Greenpeace again called on the Federal Government to intervene and prevent the Abel Tasman from operating in Australian waters.
“The government can stop this marine weapon of mass destruction and it should,” Greenpeace head of program Ben Pearson said.
“Under federal law, the Australian Government can step in at any time and stop this boat.
“It is clearly stated that the government can intervene in “exceptional circumstances”.
“Prime Minister Julia Gillard needs to flex her muscle and ban this super trawler before it starts fishing.”
The newly renamed Abel Tasman, formerly the FV Margiris, sets sail.
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