19 September 2014
Source: Halifax Herald
Author: Bruc Erskine
Environmentalists want the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization to do more to protect deep sea species from bottom trawling.
“We want NAFO to mitigate the effects of bottom trawling and protect areas with coral and sponges,” said Susanna Fuller, marine conservation co-ordinator with Halifax’s Ecology Action Centre, in an interview Friday.
Fuller, who is also treasurer of the 70-member Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, plans to be an observer at the 36th annual meeting of the organization that runs Monday through Friday in Vigo, Spain.
The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization is an inter-governmental fisheries science and management organization based in Dartmouth. Founded in 1979, its mandate is to optimize the use and rationalize the management and conservation of fishery resources in the North Atlantic.