Fishing vessels ‘bulldozing’ oceans, destroying 3000 tonnes of coral in one year

Date: November 19, 2019

Author: Amber-Leigh Woolf

Commercial fishers are “bulldozing” ocean floors, says Greenpeace.

Its calculations show that in the 2017-2018 fishing season, New Zealand commercial fishing vessels destroyed up to 3000 tonnes of coral and other vulnerable species through bottom trawling.  

Greenpeace oceans campaigner Jessica Desmond said they’re “scraping the sea floor clean”, and showed no signs of stopping.

“We’re one of the seven countries still trawling in international waters and it’s really such an archaic practice, and such a destructive process,” she said.  “We really need to stop.”

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