Protecting the Deep Sea

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Decisions are being made at national, regional and international levels to determine whether these deep water worlds will be protected in time.

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  • New York Times: Deep-Sea Plunder and Ruin

    A historical moment for the life of the oceans is at hand as the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament wrangles with proposed legislation to phase out the use of deep-sea-bottom trawls and other destructive fishing gear in the Northeast Atlantic. And yet this crucial legislation could well be killed in coming days, not least because some of the committee's 25 members represent districts... Read More

  • Nature: Deep-sea Trawling Must be Banned

    Trawling the bottom of the ocean, dragging heavy metal equipment along the seabed at high speed, is the most destructive form of deep-sea fishing in the world. The fishing industry loves it because it is very effective. But it is indiscriminate and leaves behind a trail of devastation. Read More

  • EU Commission Makes History with Proposal to Phase Out Bottom Trawling for Deep-Sea Species

    In a move that will help protect one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth, the European Commission today proposed phasing out destructive bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting among deep sea fishing fleets in the Northeast Atlantic. The Pew Environment Group praised EC Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, for the bold proposal to finally put an end to these... Read More

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