NGOs welcome commitment byIntermarché’s fleet

Following the controversial outcome of the 10th December European Parliament vote on the phase out of deep-sea bottom trawling, the Intermarché fleet, Scapêche, has “reached out” to NGOs to discuss the group’s deep-sea fishing practices in the northeast Atlantic.

Yesterday morning, after several weeks of discussions, Scapêche, BLOOM, a member of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (a coalition of over 70 NGOs) and WWF France reached a compromise agreement: the Intermarché fleet will stop deep-sea bottom trawling below 800 meters by early 2015. In 2013 the European Parliament had debated a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling below 600 meters.

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