European Parliament Vote Offers Only Limited Protection for the Deep Sea

Beset by continuous delays and with an aggressive campaign by the deep-sea trawling industry, the European Parliament agreed some deep-sea conservation measures, but rejected the elimination of the most destructive fishing practices.

A proposal to phase out deep-sea bottom trawling and bottom gill netting was narrowly defeated by a vote of 342 to 326. This proposal was originally put forward by the European Commission and supported by Parliament’s Environment Committee, but rejected by its Fisheries Committee. 

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