Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 20-27 February 2023
Wednesday 22 February
The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) has given the green light to destroying 30% of vulnerable deep-water corals and sponges and failed to protect hotspots for life in the deep.
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.
The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) closed its annual meeting this year and endorsed a research plan to be spearheaded by Chile to investigate the biodiversity values of the Salas y Gomez and Nazca ridge areas of the Southeast Pacific ocean, east of Chile.
Author: Adam Currie
A new Horizon poll has shown overwhelming support to ban. bottom trawling on seamounts amongst the New Zealand public.
Author: Forest & Bird
Forest & Bird has released photos obtained through the Official Information Act of 29 species of coral fished up from the ocean floor around New Zealand in the last 18 months.
Author: Andrea Vance
Vast fishing nets have hauled up 29 species of delicate coral from the still, dark depths of New Zealand’s oceans.
And conservationists are warning that the Government has abandoned protection of the sea bed in favour of expanding bottom trawling.
The South Pacific regional fisheries management organization (SPRFMO) held its fourth Commission meeting in Valdivia, Chile from January 25-29.
The second Commission meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) took place in Manta, Ecuador from 27-31 January.
The DSCC welcomes the approach towards transparency that SPRFMO negotiations have taken to date, both within the meetings and by publicising and reviewing impact assessments, and informed them that they look forward to a continuance of transparency now that the Convention is in force.