Fisheries

23
Apr
2018

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) congratulates Claire Nouvian, founder of BLOOM Association, a member organization of the DSCC, for winning the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work on a new European Union deep-sea fishing regulation. The regulation bans bottom trawling below 800 metres in EU waters and contains a variety of additional measures to protect deep-sea ecosystems such as cold-water coral reefs, deep water sponge fields and other so-called vulnerable marine ecosystems found extensively in EU waters from the harmful effects of fishing.

Continue reading Deep Sea Conservation Coalition congratulates Claire Nouvian for winning the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work to ban deep-sea trawling

12
Apr
2018

Source: BLOOM 

new study published today in Frontiers in Marine Science used the data gathered by the Sea Around Us project in a unique effort to reconstruct the fish catch at global scale, to reveal that in the past 60+ years, the practice of towing giant fishing nets along the sea floor has caused the extraction of 25 million tonnes of fish that live 400 metres or more below sea level, leading to the collapse of many fish populations in a “boom and bust” pattern of exploitation.

Continue reading New Study reveals massive under-reporting of deep-sea fish catch

12
Apr
2018

Source: PhysOrg 
Author: Sea Around Us

A new study using the Sea Around Us‘ reconstructed catch data reveals that in the past 60+ years, the practice of towing giant fishing nets along the sea floor has caused the extraction of 25 million tonnes of fish that live 400 metres or more below sea level leading to the collapse of many of those fish populations.

Continue reading Bottom trawling causes deep-sea fish populations collapse

27
Mar
2018

Source: Mongabay 
Author: Rebecca Kessler

Marine biologists have been raising concerns about bottom trawling for years. The fishing technique involves a boat dragging a weighted net along the seafloor, scooping up whatever marine life swims or sits in its way. In their pursuit of commercially valuable seafood, not only do bottom trawlers unintentionally kill or injure non-targeted creatures as bycatch, they can disrupt the marine habitat itself and kick up sediment plumes that smother nearby organisms.

Continue reading ‘Annihilation trawling’: Q&A with marine biologist Amanda Vincent

16
Jan
2018

Source: Seas At Risk

The European Parliament plenary voted today on a proposal to merge and simplify a set of rules within current fisheries legislation. Despite being aimed at reducing the impacts of fisheries on the marine environment, the proposal adopted only serves to weaken existing protective legislation, without scientific justification.

Continue reading Marine ecosystems and fish stocks at risk as European Parliament adopts disastrous proposal

4
Jan
2018

Source: Arctic Now
Author: Nunatsiaq News

Three new marine refuges off Nunavut’s coasts are intended to make “a lasting contribution to marine conservation in Canada” by forbidding the practice of bottom trawling or dragging by fishing boats, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced.

Continue reading Canadian federal regulators ban bottom trawling in Nunavut’s three new marine refuges