“I have no doubt that this fishery is an example of world’s best practice and it meets or exceeds the most rigorous scientific requirements for an ecologically sustainable fishery on forage fish” writes Dr. Keith Sainsbury, IMAS.
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About Seafish Pelagic
The Margiris is being operated by a joint venture between Seafish Tasmania and Seafish Tasmania Pelagic, a fully owned subsidiary of Parlevliet & Van der Plas BV, which is a long established Dutch fishing company owned by the Parlevliet and the Van der Plas families.
Seafish Tasmania is based in Triabunna, Tasmania and has operated purse seiners and mid-water trawlers in the Small Pelagic Fishery catching jack mackerel and redbait. In 2012, Seafish Tasmania was assigned 17,800 tonnes of catch quotas by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority under the Small Pelagic Fishery Statutory Management Plan.
Seafish Tasmania Pelagic is the company that owns the Margiris. A joint venture between Seafish Tasmania and Seafish Tasmania Pelagic has been set up to employ the efficient, state of the art technology in the Margiris to produce high quality frozen fish for human consumption, utilizing the Seafish Tasmania quota in the Small Pelagic Fishery.
The joint venture is committed to long term sustainable fishing in Australian waters.