Portugal bans bottom trawling on seamounts on the high seas in the North Atlantic

DSCC and SCIAENA issue a reaction statement in response to news that the Portuguese Government will ban bottom trawling on seamounts on the high seas in the North Atlantic

In the lead up to World Oceans Day, Portugal has enacted a ban on bottom trawling and bottom gillnet fishing over 2 million square kilometres of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Last week, the Portuguese Ministry for Agriculture and the Sea issued a new regulation the bans the use of bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting  in an area within the 200 mile limits and on the high seas in the area covered by Portugal’s extended continental shelf under the UN Law of the Sea. The new regulation, which complements and expands on an EU regulation adopted in 2005 to prohibit bottom trawling below 200 metres in Azores and Madeiran waters, has been issued to protect deep-sea ecosystems such as cold-water corals and seamounts from the harmful impact of bottom trawling and gillnet fishing.

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