Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society (OFS) call on United Nations members to support a global moratorium on bottom trawling of the high seas.
During APEC’s Integrated Oceans Management Forum III, on Easter Island, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) met with fisheries and aquaculture experts participating in the Forum.
The needless destruction of the high seas was exposed by Greenpeace this morning, after documenting a EU bottom trawler operating in the North Atlantic.
The European General Affairs Council has just adopted a proposal from the European Commission for urgent measures to protect deep sea coral reefs around the Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.
An article appearing in the Washington Post warns that the oceans are in crisis and points to a number of ominous signs, the sharp decline in fish stocks over the past few decades being one of the clearest.
The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition is actively encouraging all Member States to support Costa Rica’s additions submitted to the chairs of the negotiations on both the UNGA Fisheries Resolution and the Oceans Resolution.
A Coalition of leading environmental and conservation organisations today warned that the international community is failing to protect seabed habitats of the high seas, as oceans negotiations begin at the United Nations (UN) this week.
Deep sea bottom trawling has been compared to clearcutting ancient forests or using a bulldozer to catch rabbits. Campaigning to save the high seas from the most destructive form of fishing, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition held press conferences in London, New York and Chile.
Addressing national leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly Sebastian Anefal, the Federated States of Micronesia’s Foreign Minister reiterated the call made on 23 September by Palau’s Vice President, Sandra Pierantozzi for a moratorium on deep sea bottom trawling.
In a letter to EU Fisheries Minister Franz Fischler and the External Affairs, Environment and Fisheries Ministers of all EU Member States, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition expressed deep concern “if the European Union were to advocate that the UN FAO and/or Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) take the lead in resolving this issue.”