New Study – What a Drag: The Global Impact of Bottom Trawling

Recent scientific work outlines the severe consequences the practice of bottom trawling has on loose sediment on the ocean floor. Bottom trawling is a widespread industrial fishing practice that involves dragging heavy nets, large metal doors and chains over the seafloor to catch fish. Although previous studies documented the direct impacts of bottom trawling on […]

ZSL Event: The Conservation Value of European Deep-sea Habitats

On 13 October 2015 the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) hosted a science and conservation event focused on exploring the value of Europe’s unique underwater ecosystems. Chaired by Chris Yesson from ZSL, the evening consisted of presentations by internationally renowned scientists and policy advisors, who all shed light on the importance of deep-sea marine habitats. […]

Evidence says it’s time for a depth limit on trawling

Author: David Bailey 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 […]

Deep Trawlers Killing Off ‘Rare Species’ – The Sunday Times

By: John Mooney Published: 6 September 2015 Research by the University of Glasgow found that trawlers that targeted fish in deep waters by bottom-trawling caused more environmental damage to the marine environment but earned less from the fish they caught. Joanne Clarke, the lead author of A Scientific Basis for Regulating Deep-sea Fishing by Depth, […]

Ground-breaking Research Confirms Case for the EU to Close the Deep Sea to Bottom Trawling Below 600 Metres

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. Based on an analysis of the catch of fish in deep-sea research trawl surveys in the northeast Atlantic, the paper, A Scientific Basis […]

Dr. Clive Trueman

Dr Clive Trueman, Senior Lecturer in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, has researched the role of deep-sea fish in capturing and storing CO2, the economic value of such ecosystem services vastly outweighing any economic benefit of associated fishing for these species.   Watch the video with Subtitles: Spanish | French | […]

Dr. Angelika Brandt

Dr. Angelika Brandt hat eine Professur für Zoologie an der Universität Hamburg inne und beschäftigt sich seit 20 Jahren mit der Fauna und Biodiversität der Tiefsee sowie in Polarregionen. Ihr Fachgebiet ist die Identifizierung und Klassifizierung mariner Ökosysteme in der Tiefsee; sie hat zur Entdeckung von mehr als 700 bisher unbekannten Lebensformen beigetragen. Dr. Brandt […]

Prof Antonio Pusceddu

Il Prof. Antonio Pusceddu, biologo e professore italiano esperto di ecologia, limnologia e ecosistemi marini profondi presso il Politecnico delle Marche, possiede un Dottorato di ricerca in scienze ambientali marine ed è un profondo conoscitore delle catene trofiche degli ecosistemi marini profondi (sotto i 200 metri). Nel 2014 è stato il co-autore di un importante […]

Dr. Pere Puig

El Dr. Pere Puig, geólogo investigador del Instituto de Ciencias del Mar de Barcelona (ICM/CSIC), ha dedicado su investigación a los procesos de sedimentación submarina y al impacto que generan las artes de pesca de arrastre sobre la dinámica sedimentaria y la modificación de la morfología de los fondos en aguas profundas, llegando a publicar […]