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Dutch take supertrawler ban to EU

David Wroe

THE Dutch government has raised its concerns about the last-minute ban on the Abel Tasman supertrawler with the European Union.

The escalation came as the Gillard government squeezed its legislation banning the Dutch-owned vessel through the lower house, although with changes demanded by crossbench MPs.

Ban has raised concerns with the Dutch ... the Abel Tasman.
Ban has raised concerns with the Dutch ... the Abel Tasman. Photo: Port Lincoln Times

The legislation, if it clears the Senate, would see the Dutch-Australian FV Abel Tasman slapped with a two-year ban on fishing in Australia.

The Dutch Deputy Head of Mission, Nico Schermers, told the Herald yesterday he had raised his government's concerns about the supertrawler ban at a meeting of European Union countries.

with AAP