Marine mining: Underwater gold rush sparks fears of ocean catastrophe
2 March 2014 Mining metal and minerals in 'ecosystems we hardly understand' poses grave threat to marine life, warn environmentalists
Scientists Call for New Stewardship of the Deep Ocean: Earth’s Last Frontier
16 February 2014 Growing industrialization threatens the deep ocean’s ecosystems, considered key to the health of the planet. Lisa Levin, a biological oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, believes the vital functions provided by the deep sea—from carbon sequestration to nurturing fish stocks—are key to the health of the planet.
The support of a deep-sea trawling ban in France is getting bigger,
according to a BVA / BLOOM opinion poll
13 February 2014 A BVA/BLOOM opinion poll on February 10 and 11 revealed that 73% of French people wish that French President François Hollande would support the European proposal to ban deep-sea bottom trawling.
Moratorium kicks in
10 February 2014 The next four weeks will be crucial for the fishing community in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka as a moratorium on destructive fishing methods of bottom trawling and double trawling in the Palk Bay between Sri Lanka and India will kick in on Monday.
Intermarché renonce à la pêche en eaux profondes
31 January 2014 Le premier armateur français de pêche a pris l'engagement de ne plus aller, d'ici début 2015, au-delà de 800 mètres de profondeur.
Pêche profonde. Compromis entre les écologistes et la Scapêche
31 January 2014 L’armement à la pêche d’Intermarché, basé à Lorient, promet de ne plus pêcher au-delà de 800 m de profondeur.
NGOs welcome commitment byIntermarché's fleet
31 January 2014 Following the controversial outcome of the 10th December European Parliament vote on the phase out of deep-sea bottom trawling, the Intermarché's fleet, Scapêche, will stop deep-sea bottom trawling below 800 meters by early 2015.
SPRFMO continues to allow unsustainable fishing, even as it recognizes that consistency with UN General Assembly resolutions is paramount
31 January 2014 The second Commission meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization took place in Manta, Ecuador from 27-31 January. The most important task of SPRFMO this year for the deep sea was to agree a measure to control bottom fishing to replace the interim measure which had been in place since 2007.
Coral reef discovered off Greenland
30 January 2014 By sheer coincidence, researchers have discovered a reef of living cold-water corals in southern Greenland. The reef is located in southwest Greenland and was formed by cold-water corals with hard limestone skeletons. There are several species of coral in Greenland, but this is the first time that an actual reef has been found.
India will end bottom trawling
23 January 2014 India has agreed to phase out, within a given time-frame, illegal and destructive methods of fishing like bottom trawling, in the waters between India and Sri Lanka.