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Hard coral discovered deep in North Sea
15 September 2014 A ten-day research expedition in the North Sea has uncovered the underwater world in a mission to show people and politicians that there is more to the North Sea than previously thought. During the expedition, researchers were also surprised at several new discoveries.

Deep sea body painting - in pictures
11 September 2014 Lush staff across Europe have been wearing body paint to tell the story of deep-sea destruction. It is part of a project by the Bloom Association to symbolise the amazing diversity of deep-sea life by creating deep-sea body painting. Sign the Petition here.

Bloom and LUSH Campaign for a Historic EU Ban On Deep-sea Bottom Trawling
8 September 2014 From September 8 to 14, Lush makes a splash by relaying BLOOM’s campaign against deep-sea bottom trawling in more than one hundred stores in Europe.

Help us protect the pyramids of... Great Britain!
5 September 2014 Tell the UK Government to protect our natural heritage and support a European wide phase out of deep-sea bottom trawling.

Politics of mining: keep digging?
29 August 2014 Attack is rarely the best form of defence for a company seeking both social and environmental licence to operate.

What riches lie in the deep sea?
20 August 2014 As fishing and the harvesting of metals, gas and oil have expanded deeper and deeper into the ocean, scientists are drawing attention to the services provided by the deep sea, the world's largest environment.

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.

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