The federal and state governments should ban the longline fishing boat Antarctic Aurora from the port of Hobart, Bob Brown Foundation said today.
“Hobart is a global centre for the management and protection of Antarctica. The city’s reputation, as well as Australia’s, as a bulwark for the environmental well being of Antarctica is at stake here. This ship is unashamedly on its way to plunder Antarctica’s marine ecosystem for private profit. It will not come and go unnoticed. Just as, in the past, Japanese whaling ships were banned from Hobart and other Australian ports, so should this ship which is a giant Antarctic killing machine employing 60,000 hooks,” Bob Brown said today.
“We have written to both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein calling on them to prohibit this ship from Hobart. If it wants to join the commercial onslaught on Antarctica’s natural resources, let it work out of China or Russia. It will not be popular here in Australia,” Brown said.