The 142-metre supertrawler banned by Australia because of fears over its impact on the country’s pelagic fishery has turned up off Chile. The giant factory-freezer ship anchored near the port city of Talcahuano before heading out to sea, according to Greenpeace. It is expected to exploit jack mackerel fisheries in the South Pacific. Jack mackerel catches in the region peaked at nearly 5 million tonnes a year around 1995 before collapsing in what fisheries scientists regard as a classic case of overfishing, much of it by super-trawlers. “It now appears to be fishing in the under-regulated high seas in the South Pacific,” said Greenpeace oceans campaigner Nathaniel Pelle. He added: “Until the EU and other fishing powers drastically cut the global fleet, these subsidised monster ships will continue to try their chances in the farthest reaches of the ocean.” The Margiris was banned from Australian waters over concerns about its potential by-catch, including seals and dolphins, and localised depletion of the fishery. Full story here.