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A boat the size of a football field and with the dubious reputation of having killed more fish than any other boat in the world is bound for Australia to trawl untouched fishing grounds.
The Herald understands an Australian-controlled joint venture firm has charted the Veronica - the world's second largest trawler - to fish waters across the Australian Bight as well as Tasmania, Victoria and southern NSW for migratory fish known as small pelagics.
The Veronica, which is 106 metres long and has a crew of 50, is five times bigger than a normal trawler and has three processing factories on board. It can hold 5000 tonnes of frozen fish and is capable of staying at sea for six months.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority insists there has been no formal approach to use the Veronica in Australian waters. But the Herald has learned that the authority has been aware of the plans for at least eight months and has informally said it has no objections to the Veronica being used.