Political Momentum Is Building Rapidly

Date: April 1, 2005

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Among all fishing techniques in deep-sea areas, bottom trawling is currently recognized as the most destructive, causing enormous damage to deep-sea corals and other rare and unique species, fish populations, and sensitive bottom-habitats. Scientists have expressed unprecedented concern about this issue, releasing a statement, signed by more than eleven hundred of the world’s foremost experts in marine science and conservation biology, which calls for a moratorium on high seas bottom trawl fishing.