Abel Tasman left Port Lincoln - to be renamed Klaipedia
The Margiris/Abel Tasman/Klaipedia (Lithuania) has left Port Lincoln at 1.30pm (CDT) on Wednesday afternoon, March 6, 2013 to look for another fishing ground. Seafish Tasmania endeavoured to use the vessel to catch their quota in the pelagic fishery but has been prevented from doing so by numerous community protests and then the Australian Government preventing them from using the Margiris to trawl. The federal environment minister has subsequently signed an interim declaration to prevent Seafish Tasmania also using the vessel as a processing factory ship. Seafish Tasmania has incurred the daily expense of mooring the ship in Australia waiting to go fishing... and is now taking legal action against the governemt decision to prevent this business venture from operating at this time. Fisherman have been watching the case with interest... none more so than the fishing industry based in Port Lincoln in South Australia. http://blogs.abc.net.au/tasmania/2013/03/margiris-abel-tasman-klaipedia-a-fishing-vessel-looking-for-a-new-home.html
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed the "Abel Tasman" which has been docked at Port Lincoln in South Australia since last year, when the Federal Government first banned it from fishing in Australian waters for two years on environmental grounds, has cancelled its Australian registration. The Company Seafish has confirmed the vessel has been sold and it was expected to leave the country next week.
Super trawler no longer Australian
The "Abel Tasman" is to leave Australian waters after a massive community and political campaign against the ship. The Tasmanian operators have confirmed it has been sold, its Australian registration abandoned and the vessel was to depart within days. Formerly known as the "Margiris", the ship is the world's second-largest fishing vessel. It has been a lightning rod for controversy since plans by Seafish Tasmania for the vessel to catch a quota of 18,000 tonnes of jack mackerel and redbait from waters stretching from southern Queensland to Western Australia. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority on Feb 28 confirmed the "Abel Tasman" had changed its Registration and believe it was seeking Lithuanian Registration. The ship has been berthed at Port Lincoln for months while controversy raged. Legislation banning the super trawler from fishing in Australian waters for two years passed the Senate in September. Seafish Tasmania is taking legal action against the Federal Government following the decision to ban the "Abel Tasman" from fishing in Australian waters.Upload News