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Stop the industrial destruction of the deep ocean
Amazing animals that live in the deep ocean are being systematically destroyed by massive fishing nets that catch or crush everything in their path. But in days, the European Parliament could vote to protect one of the world’s most precious deep-sea habitats – and we need to give them the public mandate to do it.
Fishing interests, especially in France, are trying to sabotage a plan to ban the most destructive types of fishing in the Northeast Atlantic and Members of the European Parliament say they need public support behind them in order to fight back. If we join together now we can make sure this fragile ecosystem gets the rescue plan it needs. Let’s surround MEPs with a wave of support so they can stand strong.
On 10th December Members of the European Parliament can vote to ban the most destructive forms of deep-sea fishing in the Northeast Atlantic.
The deep ocean is the largest habitat on the planet — teeming with all kinds of unique marine life including corals and sponges that live for thousands of years. But deep-sea bottom trawlers are destroying them – dragging giant weighted nets, fixed to cables and steel plates more than 2 tonnes each, across the ocean floor to catch a small number of low value fish. It’s like clear-cutting a forest to catch a few squirrels!
More than 300 scientists have united to say STOP to this blind and costly destruction, which is subsidised by taxpayers’ money. But greedy fishing companies have roped in political support to oppose these efforts and some Members of Parliament tell us we could lose this battle if they don’t have a public mandate to fight back.
Let’s make sure they have what they need before this historical vote! If we come together right now to raise our voices – we can ensure one of the most wonderful ocean habitats in the world is protected. Sign the petition right now and share this with everyone.
Reform of European Union Fishing Subsidies
Marinet have started a petition regarding overfishing and in particular the effect that EU fishing subsidy payments totalling over 1 billion Euros annually are having on this. Please click the image below to go to the petition page where you can view a video that Marinet have commissioned to explain the problem.