Publications from Members
PEW Charitable Trusts
WWF and Ecology Action Centre
Fish Stocks Agreement Review Conference
Defying Oceans End
The following papers were submitted to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement Review Conference by NRDC, Greenpeace, Conservation International, National Environment Trust and MCBI, May 2006:
- Defying Oceans End, An Agenda
for Action, edited by Linda K. Glover and Sylvia
Inspired by an urgent need to address the sharp decline
in ocean wildlife, the disturbing increase in ocean
pollution and the neglect of policies and resources
to solve these problems, a team of international
ocean scientists, economists, lawyers and representatives
from governments, corporations and the media gathered
in Los Cabos, Mexico in May/June 2003 to build a
global action plan for ocean conservation. This book
is the result. It can be ordered from Island
Living Oceans Society
Marine Conservation Institute
- Intervention by Greenpeace at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ); 19 August 2013
- "Review of the Current State of Development and the Potential for
Environmental Impacts of Seabed Mining Operations", M. Allsopp, C. Miller,
R. Atkins, S. Rocliffe, I. Tabor, D. Santillo, P. Johnston; Greenpeace
Research Laboratories Technical Report (Review) 03-2013: 50pp.
- High Seas Bottom Trawl Fisheries and their Impacts on the Biodiversity of Vulnerable Deep-Sea Ecosystems. Matthew Gianni, June 2004.
- The case for a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling - quotes from key people within the EU, Greenpeace (pdf)
- Murky Waters: hauling in the net on Europe's high seas bottom trawling fleet, March 2006 (pdf)
- EU Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing, Greenpeace briefings, December 2005
The Story of the Kerguelen
Cold Robbery: Spanish vessels stealing fish in the Barents Sea
Dragging the life out of the deep sea: Pirate high seas bottom trawlers are destroying deep-sea life
NAFO Case Study, 8 June 2005, pdf, 597KB
This Report focuses on one of the most well established and developed RFMOs in the world: the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO). With its origins in a regional commission that was established in 1949, it has been in existence since 1979 with the mandate "to contribute through consultation and co-operation to the optimum utilization, rational management and conservation of the fishery resources" of the Convention area. Yet despite this, its adoption of a wide range of conservation and management measures, and a well developed institutional structure, NAFO has been unable to achieve its mandate and as of 2005, 10 stocks under NAFO's competence are currently under moratoria.
Our Seas: Documents and Reports
- Protecting the Deep Sea
Under International Law: Legal Options for Addressing
High Seas Bottom Trawling
Summary; pdf; 7 pages; 107 KB / Full
report; pdf; 54 pages; 296 KB
- Status of Deep Sea Corals in US Waters, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, 8 June 2006
Download full report, 68 pages 18MB (pdf)
Executive summary, 3 pages; 2MB (pdf)
- Marine Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity, edited by MCBI President Elliott Norse and Larry Crowder, Director of Duke University's Center for Marine Conservation.
Marine Conservation Biology brings together for the first time in a single volume leading experts from around the world to apply the lessons and thinking of conservation biology to marine issues. Contributors offer penetrating insights on the nature of marine biodiversity, what threatens it, and what humans can and must do to recover the biological integrity of the world's estuaries, coastal seas, and oceans.
- Medicines From the Deep: The Importance of Protecting the High Seas from Bottom Trawling, March 2005.
Medical research suggests that novel compounds from the deep sea hold tremendous promise for treating human disease, highlighting the need to protect the fragile deep ocean bottom from destructive fishing practices like bottom trawling. Report produced by MCBI, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Principal author: Sara Maxwell.
of Habitat-forming Deep Sea Corals in the Northeast
Gears: Addressing the Collateral Impacts of Fishing
Methods in U.S. Waters
A scientific study that methodologically compares fishing methods and concludes
that bottom trawling is the most harmful to the marine environment.