UN General Assembly Calls On High Seas Fishing Nations To Redouble Their Efforts To Protect Deep-sea Biodiversity
8 December 2016 The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution yesterday calling on countries to redouble their efforts to protect deep-ocean species and ecosystems from the destructive impacts of deep-sea fishing.
Marine Stewardship Council Certifies Destructive Deep Sea Fishery
8 December 2016 The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition today slammed a decision by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to certify the New Zealand deep-water bottom trawl fishery for orange roughy as “sustainable” and “well managed”. MSC describes its certified fish as “responsibly caught”.
Environmentalists Tie Trump’s Hands on Deep-Sea Mining
1 December 2016 Donald Trump is still seven weeks away from taking office, but when it comes to permitting the controversial practice of deep-sea mining, the incoming administration’s hands are already tied.
The Sinking Titanic: International Seabed Authority and Mining the Common Heritage of Humankind
29 November 2016 NGOs and civil society from Papua New Guinea and around the world challenge the development of regulations for deep sea mining by the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Their call for a ban on this frontier industry highlights the need for debate on progressing deep sea mining when alternatives are available.
Licence to trawl at-risk species
20 November 2016 The government has been criticised for agreeing to allow trawlers to target an endangered deep-sea fish off the west coast. The roundnose grenadier was listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in its first red list of European marine fish species, published last year.
Vulnerable key fish stocks left without protection due to hiccups at the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission
18 November 2016 The annual meeting of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission closed today without agreement regarding management of the deep-sea fish orange roughy.
Russian companies sign pact to lessen trawling impacts
16 November 2016 Several Russian fishing companies have signed an agreement to decrease the environmental impact of bottom trawling on the Barents and Norwegian seas, Norbeo, one of the companies involved, said in a release.
Public Right to be Informed on Experimental Seabed Mining
16 November 2016 NGOs and civil society in Papua New Guinea demand that the PNG government and Nautilus Minerals make public key documents relating to the licensing of the Solwara 1 deep sea mining project. This follows a recent decision from the New Zealand Environment Court calling for transparency of seabed mining.
Stand up for California's seafloor
16 November 2016 The Pacific Ocean off California is unlike any other place in the world. Its fluorescent sunsets and powerful waves have been the inspiration for pop culture, art, education and conservation. Visitors and locals alike flock to California’s 840 miles of breathtaking coastline. However, just beyond the limits of the naked eye lies an important part of the ocean that many people don’t know about, the seafloor. Remarkably, we know more about the moon orbiting the Earth about 230,000 miles away than we do about the seafloor.
Fisheries Council’s Reduction In Deep-sea Fishing Quotas Will Not Avoid Overfishing
15 November 2016 Seas at Risk, The DSCC and Bloom are disappointed by the decisions on fishing limits for deep-sea fish stocks taken by the Fisheries’ Council of Ministers yesterday evening. Ministers did reduce the total allowable catch for most of the deep-sea stocks but this decision will not stop overfishing. Most of the quotas are set well above the levels recommended by the scientific community to achieve sustainable fishing and will consequently allow continued overfishing of vulnerable deep-sea species.