Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 31 October – November 7, 2022
The UNGA Review of Deep-sea Fisheries on the high seas took place over several days during the negotiation of the annual fisheries resolution by the UNGA between 7-15 November 2022. The Review and resulting Sustainable Fisheries Resolution will cover an issue that has been a focus of the DSCC for many years–vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) and the significant adverse impacts (SAIs) resulting from bottom trawling on seamounts. Below are the priorities that the DSCC Global Seamounts team will be taking into the UNGA Fisheries Review.
Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 26 September – 03 October 2022
By Karli Thomas, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition Aotearoa
New Zealand is the only country still bottom trawling in the South Pacific, and last season just a single vessel was trawling in international waters, catching 20 tonnes of orange roughy. Meanwhile, a prosecution got underway yesterday of a New Zealand vessel that destroyed deep sea coral in the South Pacific in 2020.
Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 19-26 September 2022
The European Union has agreed new measures to protect seamounts from bottom trawling, showing up the New Zealand government’s inaction on the issue, environment groups said today.
Meanwhile, a NIWA study released this week has revealed that there are 1,996 seamounts and features in New Zealand waters. A proposal is being pushed by industry that only recognises 7% of these seamounts, and would leave all the areas they currently trawl unprotected.
Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 12- 19 September 2022
For Immediate Release – 15.9.22
Today’s announcement by Virginijus Sinkevičius, the European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries will close over 16,000 square kilometers of the deep sea to bottom fishing in EU waters of the Northeast Atlantic. This will bring much needed protection to deep-sea corals, sponges and other habitat forming species off the Atlantic coasts of Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.
Negotiations in New York to agree a High Seas Treaty to protect the ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) have come to an end with more negotiations needed to finalize the Treaty.