Environmentalists Tie Trump’s Hands on Deep-Sea Mining
1 December 2016 Donald Trump is still seven weeks away from taking office, but when it comes to permitting the controversial practice of deep-sea mining, the incoming administration’s hands are already tied.
The Sinking Titanic: International Seabed Authority and Mining the Common Heritage of Humankind
29 November 2016 NGOs and civil society from Papua New Guinea and around the world challenge the development of regulations for deep sea mining by the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Their call for a ban on this frontier industry highlights the need for debate on progressing deep sea mining when alternatives are available.
Licence to trawl at-risk species
20 November 2016 The government has been criticised for agreeing to allow trawlers to target an endangered deep-sea fish off the west coast. The roundnose grenadier was listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in its first red list of European marine fish species, published last year.
Vulnerable key fish stocks left without protection due to hiccups at the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission
18 November 2016 The annual meeting of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission closed today without agreement regarding management of the deep-sea fish orange roughy.
Russian companies sign pact to lessen trawling impacts
16 November 2016 Several Russian fishing companies have signed an agreement to decrease the environmental impact of bottom trawling on the Barents and Norwegian seas, Norbeo, one of the companies involved, said in a release.
Stand up for California's seafloor
16 November 2016 The Pacific Ocean off California is unlike any other place in the world. Its fluorescent sunsets and powerful waves have been the inspiration for pop culture, art, education and conservation. Visitors and locals alike flock to California’s 840 miles of breathtaking coastline. However, just beyond the limits of the naked eye lies an important part of the ocean that many people don’t know about, the seafloor. Remarkably, we know more about the moon orbiting the Earth about 230,000 miles away than we do about the seafloor.
Fisheries Council’s Reduction In Deep-sea Fishing Quotas Will Not Avoid Overfishing
15 November 2016 Seas at Risk, The DSCC and Bloom are disappointed by the decisions on fishing limits for deep-sea fish stocks taken by the Fisheries’ Council of Ministers yesterday evening. Ministers did reduce the total allowable catch for most of the deep-sea stocks but this decision will not stop overfishing. Most of the quotas are set well above the levels recommended by the scientific community to achieve sustainable fishing and will consequently allow continued overfishing of vulnerable deep-sea species.
The Allowable Catch of Endangered Deep-sea Species Must Be Zero, say conservationists
10 November 2016 Marine conservation experts call on the European Council of Fisheries Ministers to prohibit fishing for endangered deep-sea species. The Council will meet on 14-15 November to decide on Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for deep-sea fishing in the North-East Atlantic*.
Ten Years On It’s Time To Protect The Seamounts
9 November 2016 Negotiations are currently underway at the UN in NYC to decide the fisheries resolutions which will go before the General Assembly next month. On November 9th & 10th the highly destructive practice of bottom fishing in the deep ocean will be under scrutiny. Following a review earlier this year to consider the implementation of previous resolutions seeking to control the negative impact, the DSCC is calling for bottom fishing on seamounts to be stopped to preserve fragile habitats. A resolution proposed by South Africa supports this and also calls for a further review in 2020. This and other proposals will be discussed over the coming two days.
These Deep-sea Creatures Have Existed For 10,000 Years
1 November 2016 There are corals off the UK coast that are older than the pyramids of Egypt, but the fight for their survival has only just begun.