France

10 March, 2022

In the run up to the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15), from the 14- 29th March, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) will meet at the Centre International de Conférences Genève to advance the development of a framework to protect nature.

Ahead of SBSTTA 24, the DSCC have joined French environmental groups in calling on French Minister, Barbara Pompili, Minister of the Ecological Transition, to safeguard the health of the ocean by supporting calls for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.

Read the letter sent by Bloom, the DSCC, France Nature Environment and Greenpeace in full here.

30 March, 2016

The giant retail group “Les Mousquetaires” (owner of Intermarché, Netto, Bricomarché brands etc.) announced earlier today that its fishing fleet, “Scapêche”, an important player in deep-sea fishing in Europe, will progressively phase out fishing for deep-sea species, as well as the sale of deep-sea fish in its supermarkets by 2025. The group also announced stopping the MSC ecolabeling certifying scheme that the Intermarché fleet had started for its deep-sea fisheries and that BLOOM had harshly denounced in 2015.

Continue reading Intermarché Group Announces Phasing Out All Deep-Sea Bottom Trawling And Sales of Deep-sea Fish by 2025

12 October, 2015

Author: David Bailey Senior Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine), University of Glasgow

On September 28, The Conversation published an article: “Don’t fall for the deep-sea scaremongers – wild fishing is healthy and sustainable” by Magnus Johnson, a senior lecturer in Environmental Marine Biology at the University of Hull. The article criticised a paper by marine biologists at the University of Glasgow and Marine Science Scotland on the regulation of deep-sea fishing. The lead authors of the study, David Bailey and Francis Neat, respond here.

Continue reading Evidence Says It’s Time For A Depth Limit On Trawling

17 June, 2015

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published the first comprehensive assessment of the state of health of fish in European Seas and concluded that two of the three deepwater fish species mainly targeted by French industrial bottom trawlers in UK waters, off Scotland, are threatened with extinction.

Continue reading Deep-sea fish caught by French trawlers off Scotland listed as ‘endangered’ by the IUCN