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Meeting Closes With A Major Step For The Ocean
24 January 2015 New York: States took a major step toward urgently needed ocean protection at the United Nations today agreeing to develop a legally binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas.

Scientists call for destructive seabed trawling to be banned
21 January 2015 Sixty marine scientists have signed an open letter urging the UK fisheries minister, George Eustice, to stop Spanish and French fishermen damaging wildlife in the deep sea. The scientists were joined by MPs at the Houses of Parliament in demanding an end to bottom trawling below 600 metres in all European waters.

UK should take a lead role in the EU drive to overhaul deep-sea trawling
21 January 2015 We should not prop up an unsustainable, wasteful, fuel-intensive fishing practice and an unviable industry that is destroying our unique underwater ecosystem.

World leaders hold the future of the oceans in their hands this week
16 January 2015 In a letter to the New York Times, International Oceans Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council says, "Staving off ocean collapse requires urgent international action to preserve these waters, which make up two-thirds of the world’s oceans and cover nearly half the planet. It’s not too late to act."

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says
15 January 2015 A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.

Seabed mining company drops appeal
12 December 2014 A "victory for common sense" was Kiwis Against Seabed Mining’s reaction today to Trans Tasman Resources’ news that it will drop its attempt to reverse the EPA’s rejection of its seabed mining application.

New Zealand government grants massive subsidy to deep sea mining firm before legal ruling is in
11 December 2014 “Astonishing and irresponsible” is how experts and environmentalists have greeted the news that the Government of New Zealand has granted a subsidy of up to $20 million to a company proposing to operate a deep sea mine, while a legal Hearing on its application to do so is still deliberating.

Trawling makes for skinny flatfish
10 December 2014 Trawling the seabed doesn't just remove some of the fishes living there; it also makes some of the survivors thinner and less healthy by forcing them to use more energy finding less nutritious food.

Coral Thrive Off U.S. Atlantic Coast, But Threatened
10 December 2014 A hidden world thrives more than a mile and a half beneath the waves, in the inky blackness roughly 80 miles offshore the Atlantic's coastline. There you can find corals in all colors of the rainbow and a menagerie of sea life with evocative names, such as the whiplash squid, dumbo octopus, sea butterfly (which is actually a snail), sea toad and tonguefish.

25 November 2014 Several NGOs (Access Info, Ecologistas en Acción, Fundació ENT, Greenpeace, Oceana, WWF and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition) have submitted a request for information to the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment in order to clarify the impact of the European Commission's proposal for a new regulation for the management of deep-sea fishing in the Northeast Atlantic on the Spanish deep-sea fleet.

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