Nearly 80% of New Zealanders want bottom trawling on seamounts banned

Date: January 19, 2022

Source: Greenpeace

Author: Adam Currie

A new Horizon poll has shown overwhelming support to ban. bottom trawling on seamounts amongst the New Zealand public.

Greenpeace Aotearoa is renewing its call for the New Zealand Government to ban the destructive practice.

“Our new poll shows almost 80% of people agree that the Government should ban bottom trawling on these biodiversity hotspots, seamounts – both in our waters and in the South Pacific. The poll data shows across our differences, young or old, urban or rural, the public support for a ban is consistently strong.”

Ellie Hooper, Greenpeace Aotearoa

The findings come ahead of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) annual meeting this week, where member states will work to agree on fishing rules for the next year. 

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