Canada – stop blocking progress on a halt to high seas bottom trawling

Date: October 30, 2006

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigns Director, Danny Kennedy today delivered a letter to the Canadian Consular-General in Sydney urging him to make representations to the Canadian Prime Minister to reconsider the Canadian position on high seas bottom trawling.

Meanwhile outside the Canadian office, Greenpeace supporters held-up a large billboard banner saying “Stop Deep Sea Destruction. Support a global moratorium on high seas bottom trawling”. Danny Kennedy said “its time for Canada to stop undermining measures on high seas bottom trawling at this year’s United Nations General Assembly and to join with Australia in supporting bans on high seas bottom trawling”. Similar representations and actions took place at place globally at Canadian Embassies. Canada is one of the countries blocking progress on introducing bans on ‘unregulated’ high seas bottom trawling.

“The scientists are unanimous, first hand accounts and photos demonstrate the impacts of high seas bottom trawling. It’s time to protect the wonders of the deep sea from destruction” said Mr Kennedy. Read the release.

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