Coalition Critique of EU Proposal on High Seas Bottom Trawling

Date: October 1, 2004

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is discussing proposals to provide urgent protection for the biodiversity of the deep seas from destructive activities, most specifically from high seas bottom trawl fishing. The European Union has proposed language that is significantly weaker than what it has already agreed to do within the context of the Northeast Atlantic. Moreover, the EU proposal fails to reflect the fundamental commitments and obligations of the European Union  and its member States as parties to the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement (FSA), the Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS), and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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