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Australia to ban giant fishing trawler

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:25pm
Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia plans to block a controversial "super trawler" from fishing in its waters for two years in a victory for environmental activists worried about the impact on fish stocks and other marine life.

Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke will introduce legislation on Tuesday to give him the power to ban the vessel from fishing until more scientific research is carried out.

Burke said there was too much uncertainty surrounding the environmental impact of the 142 meter (466 foot) trawler, reportedly the world's second-largest fishing vessel.

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