Scraping the seafloor for fish harms biodiversity
19 August 2014 Fishing boats have dragged nets across the seafloor in pursuit of bottom-feeding fish and crustaceans since the Middle Ages. In recent decades, motorized fishing fleets, powered by government subsidies, have taken heavier nets deeper and farther offshore. The annual haul from international waters in 2010 was reported to be worth more than $600 million.
Blow for Chatham Rise phosphate mining bid
18 August 2014 The Environmental Protection Authority says it cannot recommend in favour of a proposal to mine phosphate nodules from the seabed on the Chatham Rise, saying there are too many uncertainties about the environmental impacts of Chatham Rock Phosphate's plans on an important fishery.
Call for an international moratorium on deep seabed mining
14 August 2014 NGOs from Australia, Canada and India call for an international moratorium on deep seabed mining in light of the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) issuing of 7 exploration licences for deep seabed mining in international waters.
DSCC urges Portugal to take leadership in extending it's protection of the deep sea
30 July 2014 In a public letter to Mrs Assunção Cristas, Minister of Agriculture and Sea the DSCC welcomes Portugal's decision to regulate deep-sea fisheries in an immense area within the 200 mile limits and on the high seas in the area covered by Portugal’s extended continental shelf under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Now that the new ordinance prohibits Portuguese vessels from deep-sea bottom trawling and gillnetting in the high seas (the extended continental shelf) surrounding the Azores and Madeira Islands, we urge Portugal to take the lead in the European Council negotiations to ensure that deep-sea bottom trawling and gillnet fishing by vessels from other EU countries is also prohibited in these areas, as well as elsewhere in EU waters and on the high seas of the Northeast Atlantic.
A DSCC apela a Portugal para assumir um papel de liderança para alargar a proteção das águas profundas por sí promovida
30 July 2014 Numa carta aberta à Sr. Assunção Cristas, Ministra da Agricultura e do Mar, a DSCC aplaude a decisão de Portugal de limitar as pescas de profundidade numa imensa área dentro do limite das 200 milhas de Zona Económica Exclusiva e de alto mar, na zona abrangida pela plataforma continental estendida de Portugal ao abrigo da Convenção das Nações Unidas sobre o Direito do Mar.Agora que o novo regulamento proíbe as embarcações portuguesas de utilizar o arrasto de fundo nas zonas de alto mar (plataforma continental estendida) em redor dos arquipélagos dos Açores e da Madeira, esperamos que Portugal assuma a liderança no decorrer das negociações, no Conselho, de forma a assegurar que o arrasto e as redes de emalhar de profundidade por embarcações de outros países da União Europeia também é proibido nestas áreas, assim como noutras águas comunitárias e no alto mar do Nordeste do Atlântico.
European Street-art Stands Up Against Deep-sea Bottom Trawling
14 July 2014 Today, famous street artists are producing spectacular pieces of art in several european capitals to call for the ban of deep-sea bottom trawling.
The publication of previously unreleased data reveals that the French government has hidden the truth about its deep-sea fishing activity
14 July 2014 On 2 July 2014, the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) released data on the activities of French deep-sea bottom trawlers that non-government organizations (NGOs) have been demanding since 2009. The document confirms what NGOs suspected: the government and the administration have hidden the truth by claiming that the number of vessels affected by the regulation would be "extremely important".
Overfishing in the English Channel leaves fisherman scraping the bottom of the barrel
10 July 2014 Decades of overfishing in the English Channel has resulted in the removal of many top predators from the sea and left fishermen 'scraping the barrel' for increasing amounts of shellfish to make up their catch.
Pêche en eau profonde : la France accusée d'avoir menti
9 July 2014 La France a-t-elle ignoré délibérément ses propres données scientifiques pour s'opposer au projet européen d'interdiction de la pêche en eau profonde ? Huit organisations non gouvernementales posent la question dans un communiqué rendu public mardi 8 juillet, en s'appuyant sur deux rapports inédits de l'Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (Ifremer).
International Mobilisation Against Deep-Sea Bottom Trawling on July 14th
7 July 2014 On July 14th, European Fisheries Ministers will be meeting at the Council in Brussels. A reform of the EU deep-sea fisheries management regulation, including the ban of deep-sea bottom trawling, was proposed by Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki in July 2012.