Seafood industry urges action

Seafood industry urges action over illegal fishing The Australian Seafood Industry Council says more needs to be done to stamp out illegal shark finning in northern Australian waters.

The council says it is worried about reports of an increase in shark finning by illegal fishermen.

The council’s chairman, Bob Pennington, says it is a barbaric practice.

“It’s a practice that I think everybody abhors – the taking of fins and the utter waste of the carcass – and it’s just an unsustainable method of fishing,” Mr Pennington said.

The council says Australian fish stocks are under increasing threat as more and more boats enter Australian waters illegally.

Mr Pennington says it is no longer traditional village fishermen entering Australian waters but fleets carrying sophisticated navigational and radar equipment.

“It’s the new professionalism of these illegal fishermen,” he said.

“They have increased their ability to take fish and to damage our stocks in a big way now and we just have to increase our resources in order to combat that.”

ABC Online – Australia

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