bottom trawling

18 April, 2023



The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) calls on G7 countries to up their ambition and take critical action to defend the deep ocean following the release of the G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Communique released on 16 April 2023.

G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers met in Sapporo, Japan on April 15-16. They agreed to move toward a quicker phase-out of fossil fuels and plastics but failed to commit to safeguarding the deep ocean, despite its critical importance to planetary health.

Continue reading G7 countries must lead the charge to protect the blue heart of our planet

7 February, 2023


For release 7.2.22

As the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) begins its 11th Annual Commission Meeting, held in Manta, Ecuador from 7th February, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) calls for the phasing out of bottom trawl fishing  on seamounts on the high seas by December 2023.

Continue reading SPRFMO Member States have unique opportunity to end destructive deep-sea bottom trawling and commit to ocean protection

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

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