Abbott must tackle marine criminals

Sea Shepherd Operation Icefish

The Prime Minister must intervene on the three criminal ships illegally taking multi-million dollar fish hauls from Australia's southern oceans, environmentalist Bob brown said today.

Two of these Interpol-listed ships, the Kunlun and Yongding, are in Australian Antarctic waters hauling in the Toothfish know as 'white gold', with the full knowledge of the Australian Government. 'The illegal fishing is proceeding with the assent not to intervene of Prime Minister Abbott. He is effectively aiding this criminality in our own backyard,' Brown said.

While the Kulun is being pursued by Sea Shepherd Australia's ship Sam Simon, much further west SSA's Bob Barker is confronting the notorious pirate fishing vessel Thunder.

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