Conservationists urge full implementation of new EU regulation on deep-sea fishing formally adopted today

The European Parliament today concluded a long process of negotiation by voting to adopt a new regulation on deep-sea fishing, including a ban on bottom trawling below 800 meters in EU waters, and an obligation to close deep-sea areas to bottom fishing to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs). The Parliament vote to approve the regulation […]

The Allowable Catch of Endangered Deep-sea Species Must Be Zero, say conservationists

Marine conservation experts call on the European Council of Fisheries Ministers to prohibit fishing for endangered deep-sea species. The Council will meet on 14-15 November to decide on Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for deep-sea fishing in the North-East Atlantic*. Two species of deep-sea fish – roundnose grenadier and blue ling – have been […]

EU Decision-Makers Draw a Line Under Deep-Sea Bottom Trawling

BRUSSELS—Conservation organisations are welcoming the agreement reached on 30 June by the European Parliament, Council of Ministers, and European Commission on key provisions for a new European Union (EU) regulation on deep-sea fishing that includes a ban on bottom trawling below 800 metres and would close areas where vulnerable marine ecosystems are known or likely […]

Joint Letter To: Representatives of the European Parliament, Council, and Commission

To: Representatives of the European Parliament, Council, and Commission Re: Priorities for trilogue negotiations on a regulation for deep-sea fishing in the northeast Atlantic We welcome recent progress towards agreeing a regulation to protect a uniquely vulnerable environment, three years after the European Commission issued its proposal and nearly two years since the European Parliament’s […]

Europe A Step Closer To Protecting Deep Sea From Bottom Trawling

European Parliament must now conclude negotiations with Council and Commission The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) welcomes the latest milestones in a lengthy battle to protect a uniquely vulnerable environment as the European Union (EU) Fisheries Council agreed last week to support measures to limit destructive deep-sea fishing, in particular to prohibit bottom trawling below […]