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


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


Source: MercoPress

Chile’s Under secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture, SUBPESCA, and Oceana Chile jointly announced the freezing of the fishing footprint for the common hake and demersal crustacean fisheries. This means that 98% of Chile’s exclusive economic zone, EEZ, will be protected from bottom trawling.

Continue reading Chile bans bottom sea trawling in 98% of its EEZ to protect marine environment


The 39th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) closed today, in Montreal. The Ecology Action Centre attended as an observer to the meeting of 12 Contracting Parties who collectively manage fisheries on the high seas, outside the 200-mile limit in the North Atlantic.

Continue reading NAFO Closes Additional Seamount Areas but Fails to Follow Scientific Advice on Key High Seas Fish Stocks


High seas fishing nations, members of the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), will hold their annual meeting this week, September 18-22 in Montreal, Canada. The Ecology Action Centre, a member of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and the Shark League for the Atlantic and Mediterranean, will participate as an environmental non-government observer.

Continue reading Conservationists Call for Greater Protections for North Atlantic Ecosystem at Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Annual Meeting


Source: International Business Times
Author: Michelle TaylorChris Roterman

The mysterious habitats of the deep are being destroyed before we know anything about them.

Given its vastness and apparent remoteness from our everyday lives, the deep sea has been widely considered protected from the impacts of the human era, known as the Anthropocene. This, unfortunately, is not true.

Continue reading How trawling is destroying our deep-sea coral gardens and the planet’s oldest living creatures