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For Immediate Release 1.7.22
As resistance to the emerging destructive deep-sea mining industry continues to skyrocket in Lisbon this week at the UN Ocean Conference, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a stop to mining in the high seas.
Speaking at an official conference side event held at the Lisbon Oceanarium, President Macron stated: “We have to create the legal framework to stop high seas mining and not to allow new activities that endanger ecosystems.”
In the run up to the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15), from the 14- 29th March, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) will meet at the Centre International de Conférences Genève to advance the development of a framework to protect nature.
Ahead of SBSTTA 24, the DSCC have joined French environmental groups in calling on French Minister, Barbara Pompili, Minister of the Ecological Transition, to safeguard the health of the ocean by supporting calls for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.
Read the letter sent by Bloom, the DSCC, France Nature Environment and Greenpeace in full here.
Source: The Sunday Times
The government has been criticised for agreeing to allow trawlers to target an endangered deep-sea fish off the west coast. The roundnose grenadier was listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in its first red list of European marine fish species, published last year.
The giant retail group “Les Mousquetaires” (owner of Intermarché, Netto, Bricomarché brands etc.) announced earlier today that its fishing fleet, “Scapêche”, an important player in deep-sea fishing in Europe, will progressively phase out fishing for deep-sea species, as well as the sale of deep-sea fish in its supermarkets by 2025. The group also announced stopping the MSC ecolabeling certifying scheme that the Intermarché fleet had started for its deep-sea fisheries and that BLOOM had harshly denounced in 2015.
Minister Ségolène Royal gives a powerful speech on the need for a depth ban on deep-sea bottom trawling and greater protection for the deep sea.
Author:Senior Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine), University of Glasgow
On September 28, The Conversation published an article: “Don’t fall for the deep-sea scaremongers – wild fishing is healthy and sustainable” by Magnus Johnson, a senior lecturer in Environmental Marine Biology at the University of Hull. The article criticised a paper by marine biologists at the University of Glasgow and Marine Science Scotland on the regulation of deep-sea fishing. The lead authors of the study, David Bailey and Francis Neat, respond here.
The citizen movement “Alternatiba Paris” organized a large event of alternatives on Republic Square during the weekend of September 26-27
As officials meet this week to consider new EU legislation to manage deep-sea fisheries, a new scientific study highlights a pragmatic solution to protecting one of the most vulnerable environments on earth.