14 October 2015

Geelong Star community rally set for Torquay

Today I call on concerned community members to rally in Torquay against the Geelong Star on Sunday October 25.

I am organising this rally with recreational fishing activist and local builder Jason O’Neill with the full backing of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation and VR Fish. Jason organised a rally against the Geelong Star in May and has been a very strong community voice on this issue.

As a warrior for the environment, I am determined to stand up and fight for the people of Corangamite on this important issue. After nine dolphin deaths and the resumption of overnight fishing, enough is enough.

To call this vessel the Geelong Star is a real slur on our city – this vessel is no star of Geelong.

In the electorate of Corangamite – an electorate which includes 188km of coastline – there is very significant opposition to this trawler. The scientific evidence to support the fishing of the small pelagic fishery in the manner being proposed is simply not conclusive.

Regrettably, Seafish Australia has declined a request by the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation not to fish in certain high value recreational fishing waters. This is also of particular concern to VR Fish which represents Victoria’s 721,000 recreational fishers. On both environmental and recreational fishing grounds I believe a ban is justified.

Our rally will bring together concerned fishers, families, boaties, people concerned about the environment, our oceans and our fisheries.

The event will commence at 11.00am on Sunday October 25 2015 at the Torquay Angling Club, Fishermans Beach The Esplanade, Torquay.

14 October 2015