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29
Apr
2005

Responding to the Spanish Fisheries Ministry’s position statement on a proposed UN General Assembly moratorium on high seas bottom trawling, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) welcomed Spain’s recognition that bottom trawling is a destructive fishing practice which needs to be addressed, but rejected their proposal for doing so as a stalling tactic.

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20
Apr
2005

On 18 and 19 April, Dr. Sylvia Earle met with Spanish scientists and government officials to advocate that Spain, a major fishing nation, has an opportunity to act constructively for the conservation of deep sea marine biodiversity by supporting a UN General Assembly moratorium on high seas bottom trawling.

Continue reading Pioneering undersea explorer Sylvia Earle meets with Spanish government officials and addresses Spanish scientists

19
Apr
2005

Leading deep sea scientists today spoke out against the European Community’s failure to fulfil its commitments to protect the seabed from high seas bottom trawling. Addressing a gathering at the European Parliament, hosted by MEPs Paolo Casaca and Elspeth Attwooll, the scientists echoed concerns already raised by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and the European Community itself, over the enormous damage caused by bottom trawl fishing to deep-sea corals and other rare and unique species, fish populations and sensitive deep ocean habitats worldwide.

Continue reading International scientists visit European Parliament with call for action to stop the destruction of deep ocean habitats in international waters

15
Apr
2005

The Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea are the first countries to adopt and begin implementation of a series of recommendations made by the United Nations (UN) Task Force on Environmental Sustainability, including the elimination of high seas bottom trawling (1). “Today marks an historic moment when the forward-thinking leaders of two developing countries… embrace not just the principles of environmental sustainability but its practical applications,” said Prof. Don Melnick of Columbia University, welcoming high-ranking officials from the Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea at a briefing in New York.

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12
Mar
2005

Fisheries Ministers from around the world meeting in Rome today, have failed to agree action to protect deep-sea biodiversity from the destructive impact of bottom trawl fishing on the high seas. The Ministers are gathered for a special meeting hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) to discuss combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing worldwide as well as technical assistance to fishing communities in the Indian Ocean devastated by the December Tsunami.

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10
Mar
2005

New deep sea discoveries are being made all the time. Several new species of black corals have been discovered this year alone, including a new shrub-like black coral that shines like a pink and white Christmas tree. Yet their delicate structures can be removed with one pass of a bottom dragging net and may take decades to recover.

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23
Feb
2005

Three different types of corals live in the deep sea – soft, stony or black. Soft corals (or octocorals) often look like colorful undersea gardens of pink, red, and white. They grow in many different forms, including branching sea fans. From a distance they look like bushes or trees, sometimes reaching 2 meters tall.

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