Missing at Sea – A New EU Deep-sea Fishing Regulation: Destruction continues as governments delay reform
A Letter by Client Earth, Marine Conservation Society,Bloom, Greenpeace, Oceana, Seas At Risk, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) adressing EU Council discussion on regulation to manage deep-sea fisheries in the North-East Atlantic.
On 10 December 2013, the European Parliament votedon a proposalto regulate EU Deep Sea fisheries in the North East Atlantic. The Parliament narrowly decided (by 342 to 326) to reject a proposaltophase out targeted deep-‐sea bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting.
The deep sea is one of the last frontiers on the planet – the home to breathtaking landscapes of mountains, hills, ridges and troughs that very few of us will ever see. Until approximately 30 years ago, it was assumed that there was little life in the cold and dark waters of the deep sea, which covers more than half the world’s surface. The advent of manned and unmanned submersible technology, however, has turned that belief on its head. The world deep beneath the oceans’ surface is far more diverse than had ever been imagined.
To protect deep-sea biodiversity on the high seas from continued indiscriminate destruction the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition is calling on the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to adopt an immediate moratorium on deep-sea bottom trawl fishing on the high seas until legally-binding regimes for the effective conservation and management of fisheries and the protection of biodiversity on the high seas can be developed, implemented and enforced by the global community.