Fisheries

19 December, 2022

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) challenges governments to protect the ocean from top to bottom in the wake of the new COP15 Biodiversity Framework, by calling for a stop to deep-sea mining and a ban on bottom trawling on global seamounts.

Continue reading As historic biodiversity framework is agreed at CBD COP15, civil society calls on world leaders to defend the deep

5 December, 2022

Governments around the world have the opportunity to halt the loss of nature at a UN biodiversity conference from 7-19 December 2022. Throughout the 15th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, or CBD COP15, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition remind decision makers on Deep Day not to ignore the largest biome on Earth and the threats it faces.

Continue reading UN BIODIVERSITY CONFERENCE MUST ACHIEVE CAST-IRON COMMITMENTS TO PROTECT OUR OCEAN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

27 October, 2022

The UNGA Review of Deep-sea Fisheries on the high seas took place over several days during the negotiation of the annual fisheries resolution by the UNGA between 7-15 November 2022. The Review and resulting Sustainable Fisheries Resolution will cover an issue that has been a focus of the DSCC for many years–vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) and the significant adverse impacts (SAIs) resulting from bottom trawling on seamounts. Below are the priorities that the DSCC Global Seamounts team will be taking into the UNGA Fisheries Review. 

Continue reading UNGA Fisheries Review: DSCC 5 Key Priorities

29 September, 2022

By Karli Thomas, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition Aotearoa

New Zealand is the only country still bottom trawling in the South Pacific, and last season just a single vessel was trawling in international waters, catching 20 tonnes of orange roughy. Meanwhile, a prosecution got underway yesterday of a New Zealand vessel that destroyed deep sea coral in the South Pacific in 2020.  

Continue reading New Zealand’s bottom trawling isolation continues in the South Pacific

23 September, 2022

PRESS RELEASE

23.9.22


The European Union has agreed new measures to protect seamounts from bottom trawling, showing up the New Zealand government’s inaction on the issue, environment groups said today. 

Meanwhile, a NIWA study released this week has revealed that there are 1,996 seamounts and features in New Zealand waters. A proposal is being pushed by industry that only recognises 7% of these seamounts, and would leave all the areas they currently  trawl unprotected.

Continue reading EU protects deep sea life from bottom trawling, as new science shows up NZ industry proposal