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Seafish Tasmania, the operator of a super trawler that has been banned from fishing in Australian waters, has surrendered the ship’s Australian registration. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority confirmed the company relinquished the registration yesterday. The move comes after Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke imposed bans on Seafish Tasmania using the super trawler to fish its quota or be used as a freezer for catch from other ships.
The Abel Tasman, formerly known as FV Margiris, 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. It is understood the company may now be seeking to register the Dutch-owned ship in Lithuania. Seafish Tasmania has been contacted for comment.