Briefing on Commission’s proposal establishing specific conditions to fishing for deep-sea stocks in the North-East Atlantic and provisions for fishing in international waters of the North-East Atlantic

Date: March 1, 2013

The European Union has one of the world’s largest deep-sea fishing fleets. There is widespread scientific evidence that deep-sea bottom trawl fishing is the greatest direct threat to deep-sea biodiversity and ecosystems, including coldwater coral reefs, sponge gardens and seamount ecosystems, and causes serious declines in deep-sea fish populations.

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