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30 June, 2016

BRUSSELS—Conservation organisations are welcoming the agreement reached on 30 June by the European Parliament, Council of Ministers, and European Commission on key provisions for a new European Union (EU) regulation on deep-sea fishing that includes a ban on bottom trawling below 800 metres and would close areas where vulnerable marine ecosystems are known or likely to occur.

Continue reading Decision-Makers Draw a Line Under Deep-Sea Bottom Trawling

9 December, 2015

 

To: Representatives of the European Parliament, Council, and Commission

December 2015

Re: Priorities for trilogue negotiations on a regulation for deep-sea fishing in the northeast Atlantic

We welcome recent progress towards agreeing a regulation to protect a uniquely vulnerable environment, three years after the European Commission issued its proposal and nearly two years since the European Parliament’s first reading was adopted.

Continue reading Joint Letter To: Representatives of the European Parliament, Council, and Commission

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

25 September, 2015

The 37th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) concluded today in Halifax, Canada. Member countries agreed to several measures that will lead to improved ecosystem protection, but did not follow scientific advice provided over the past two years to close a number of deep-sea coral and sponge areas to bottom trawling or to regulate the fishery for alphonsino, a deep-sea species fished on the high seas of the northwest Atlantic.

Continue reading NAFO closes seamounts to bottom fishing, fails to regulate Alphonsino fishery

3 June, 2015

Source: IUCN

A total of 7.5% of all European marine fish species are threatened with extinction in European waters, according to the European Red List of Threatened Species published today by IUCN and the European Commission. While some species are recovering, marine management has been less successful for many other commercial fishes: 40.4% of European sharks, rays and chimaeras face an elevated risk of extinction.

Continue reading First complete assessment of European marine fishes highlights major threat from overfishing

19 May, 2015

Minister Janis Duklavs welcomes Sea Rose to support progress on new EU deep-sea regulation

May 19, 2015 – Representatives of Pasaules Dabas Fonds, with Sea Rose – a model deep-sea roundnose grenadier fish – met today with Minister Janis Duklavs, to call on him to continue the progress Latvia is making shepherding the negotiation of a new EU regulation to manage deep-sea fishing and protect vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems.

Continue reading Minister Janis Duklavs Welcomes Sea Rose