Source: The nef blog
Author: Stephen Devlin
The deep sea is widely held to be the last unexplored frontier on our planet. Its sheer inaccessibility makes it very difficult to gather information about it. But what we do know is enough to convince over 300 scientists that the diversity of life it harbours is worth protecting.
Deep-sea bottom trawling – a method of fishing still in regular use across EU waters – is a direct threat to this important marine life. Dragging heavy machinery across the floor of the deep sea causes severe long-term damage to the fragile and slow-growing ecosystems that thrive down there.
But that’s not all. Our research shows the damage isn’t just limited to the deep sea environment.