Deep Sea Conservation: A net win for the UK?
As the UK with other EU member states seeks to agree a new regulation on deep-sea fishing in the northeast Atlantic, Richard Benyon MP and Ben Bradshaw MP would like to invite you to join them with scientists and conservationists to learn more about our underwater heritage and discuss what should be done to protect it.
The deep sea off the British Isles is teeming with cold-water corals, sponge fields, and a large variety of unique underwater habitats and species but deep-sea fishing fleets, the majority French and Spanish, using bottom trawl gear are severely damaging vast expanses of an environment so fragile that it may never recover and they are doing so in pursuit of only a few fish species and for very little, if any, economic gain.
The UK is home to world class research on the deep-sea with new species and habitats still being discovered. The UK and our fishing industry set high standards when it comes to research and conservation. However, potentially damaging fishing practices are allowed to take place in some of our most fragile habitats.
Dr David Bailey from the University of Glasgow, a marine biologist with a focus on the conservation and management of marine systems with a long-standing interest in deep-water biology
Professor Phil Weaver Coordinator of the EU funded Hermione (Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man’s Impact On European Seas) deep-sea research project.
Dr Kerry Howell from the University of Plymouth, Associate Professor in Marine Ecology at the School of Marine Science and Engineering.
Dr Clive Trueman, a Senior Lecturer in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton.
Organised in partnership with the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and Bloom Association with support from EJF and Nef.