14 July, 2014

14 July 2014 – Today, while the Council of European Fisheries Ministers is meeting in Brussels, six renowned street artists will perform live and simultaneously across Europe to call on Member States to take the will of European citizens into consideration and to adopt a historical and indispensable measure to safeguard the oceans: the ban of deep-sea bottom trawling. 

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7 July, 2014

On July 14th, European Fisheries Ministers will be meeting at the Council in Brussels. A reform of the EU deep-sea fisheries management regulation, including the ban of deep-sea bottom trawling, was proposed by Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki in July 2012. As trawlers continue to drag their nets, the Fisheries Council drags its feet mainly due to the pressure that countries such as France and Spain have put up to hinder the reform. These industrial fishing nations are now jeopardizing the adoption of the ban in Council.

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25 March, 2014

Source: BLOOM

Since March 20th, close to 21,000 indignant French citizens have sent the President of the French Republic an e-mail asking him to support a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling in Europe. The public action orchestrated by BLOOM calls on François Hollande to live up to the commitments he made at Rio+20 in 2012 to “eliminate destructive fishing practices.”

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13 February, 2014

This represents an increase of 2 % compared to the same survey conducted in November 2013.

Since November 2013, there has been a sharp increase in opinions stating “I strongly agree” with the ban of bottom trawling (+7%) and a decrease of “I do not know” (-3%). French people clearly expect the President of the Republic to hear their desire to see France end this destructive fishing practice.

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28 November, 2005

On the eve of the UN General Assembly debate on Oceans, the French government announced that “In order to limit the impact on habitats in the high sea, France will support a moratorium on all fishing techniques for deep-sea species, where there is no competent authority in this regard (70% of the oceans), pending the creation of a Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO)”. France also “encourages the adaptation of the mandates of Regional Fisheries Organisations to integrate the protection of biodiversity in their mission”.

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30 September, 2005

In Paris this week, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) called on France to support a UN General Assembly resolution as France’s friends of the ocean gathered at the Oceanographic Institute for the ‘Deep Trouble’ conference (‘Au fond, il y a un problème’) to discuss high seas bottom trawling. The conference (1) was attended by around 200 people, among them scientists, undersea explorers, environmentalists writers, journalists and representatives from non-governmental organisations.

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