If Australian Fish producers have to pay a carbon tax on diesel for their trawlers, light and power for their premises and refrigeration they will be at a disadvantage compared with international competitors.
"It's going to hit diesel that trawlers use. It's going to hit power costs. It's going to radically increase costs of refrigeration," he told reporters.
"It will just get worse and worse as the carbon tax goes up and up."
devastate local fishing stocks in the manner seen in west Africa and the South Pacific, describing the quota as a "licence to plunder".