South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation

4 May, 2007

4 May 2007 – Renaca, Chile. Up to 25% of the high seas are to be protected from bottom trawling following a landmark decision by nations fishing in the South Pacific. The South Pacific high seas (areas beyond national jurisdiction) contain the last and largest pristine deep-sea marine environment on earth.

Continue reading Landmark Agreement First of Its Kind to Stop Destruction from High Seas Bottom Trawling

22 March, 2007

President Remengesau reported that the Pacific Islands Forum, and other Chief Executives at previous meetings, agreed, within the limitations of their political status, to support a temporary ban on the destructive practice of deep sea bottom trawling, and to take a precautionary approach until measures are in place within relevant regional fisheries management organizations (“RFMOs”) to effectively manage and regulate such practices.

Continue reading Western Micronesian Chief Executives Announce Moratorium Support

10 November, 2006

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition has condemned northern fishing nations, the European Community, South Korea, and Russia for blocking measures which would have protected deep-sea life in the South Pacific. Those participants stubbornly opposed attempts by countries negotiating a new regional fisheries management organisation to put in place strong measures, including measures that would have protected vulnerable marine ecosystems from the damage caused by bottom trawl fishing in international waters.

Continue reading European Community, South Korea and Russia sink international effort to protect South Pacific from high seas bottom trawling