Today three EU Fisheries Advisory Councils issued joint recommendations to the European Commission and EU Member States on deep-sea mining in international waters.
New data shows up to seven tonnes of coral has been brought up to the surface of the ocean by commercial bottom trawl fishers in a single year.
However, this may just be the tip of the iceberg according to new science, which reveals that 7 tonnes coming up would mean that somewhere between 763 and 2,401 tonnes of coral were being destroyed on the seabed.
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Seamounts and other deep-sea ecosystems on the high seas get further protection from bottom trawling in the Northwest Atlantic
The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) ended today, with new protections for deep-sea ecosystems on the high seas. NAFO agreed to close many more seamounts – underwater mountains recognized as biodiversity hotspots – to deep-sea trawling based on a proposal from the United States and Canada. Altogether all seamounts and other features less than 4000 meters depth are now fully protected from any future bottom fishing. The seamount closures cover an area of approximately 100,000 square kilometers.
Amsterdam: September 20, 2021
The Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) opens today. The Deep Sea Conservation is calling on the member countries of NAFO to agree to close seamounts and all areas identified by the Scientific Council of NAFO such as deepwater coral and sponge ecosystems to bottom trawling.
Author: Ellie Hooper
Greenpeace activists highlighted the critical need to ban bottom trawling on seamounts, confronting Talley’s ship the Amaltal Explorer at sea.
A small team of activists deployed banners from an inflatable boat in the port of Dunedin calling for an end to bottom trawling on seamounts.
Source: Undercurrent News
Following the European Commission’s publication of its proposal for deep-sea fishing limits from 2021-2022 on Oct. 22, multiple environmental NGOs have warned that the majority of deep-sea stocks remain dependent on a formal agreement between the UK and the EU.
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Author: Forest & Bird
Forest & Bird has released photos obtained through the Official Information Act of 29 species of coral fished up from the ocean floor around New Zealand in the last 18 months.
Author: Andrea Vance
Vast fishing nets have hauled up 29 species of delicate coral from the still, dark depths of New Zealand’s oceans.
And conservationists are warning that the Government has abandoned protection of the sea bed in favour of expanding bottom trawling.
Throughout the course of her career marine biologist Dr. Amanda Vincent has studied seahorse in 38 countries and co-authored a definitive taxonomy that helps distinguish between the 40 or so species.