By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Oct 07, 2018 07:59:53Greenpeace’s Patagonella founder Kate O’Neil is taking a public stand against a controversial proposal to ban new fishing vessels from her sanctuary.
Greenpeace says the proposal would “open up the Pacific to a new and dangerous fishing industry that would destroy the world’s best biodiversity and irreplaceable marine habitats”.
“We’re all for fishing, and we’re all against the proposal, but it’s a matter of principle,” Ms O’Neill told the ABC.
“I’ll be saying ‘no’ to this proposal and I will not be silenced.”‘
The only way to protect the world’Ms O’Nan said she was concerned that new fishing could destroy marine life.
“It would be a big problem for the planet if the ocean was left uninhabitable,” she said.
“The only thing that could stop this would be to stop the vessels that are coming through.”
But the proposed ban on new fishing would require approval from the federal government and has been condemned by conservationists.
“We cannot just allow a small group of people to come in and take over the oceans,” said Dr Tim Rennie, a scientist with the Wilderness Society.
“This is not sustainable for the oceans and it’s not sustainable globally.”‘
I’m an independent person’Greenpeace Australia chief executive Patagonias chief executive Kate Ollerton says she is not an activist, but has taken a stand on the issue.
“If you’re going to protect a resource and protect a species, then it is very important to do that on a case-by-case basis,” Ms Gail O’Connell said.
She said the proposal was a matter for the Federal Government, and she would not allow it to go ahead.
“But what I’m saying is that if the Government doesn’t have the necessary conditions, then the only way that we can protect this is to have the appropriate environmental approvals,” she told ABC News Breakfast.
“So we’re an independent, independent person and we don’t want to be part of the solution.”
Ms Ollenys position on the proposal is supported by a raft of international conservation organisations.
But Dr Rennies concerns were backed up by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, which said it was concerned about the potential for marine species to be destroyed.
“These proposals could destroy some of the most iconic species on the planet, and potentially have an impact on biodiversity,” the AIMS said.
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