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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.
Save the 30 climate heroes
When the Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest oil drilling in the icy Arctic waters, its brave crew didn’t expect helicopter pursuits and Russian special forces pointing guns at their chests. Now they’re charged with piracy and may suffer in a Russian jail for 15 years!
Many western governments have spoken out for the 30 Greenpeacers, and even Russian president Putin agrees they aren’t pirates. But the oil lobby has a strong grip on Russia’s far North. Now Greenpeace is asking the Avaaz community to help build a truly global outcry. Together we can get four key countries with strong trade and political ties to Russia — Brazil, India, South Africa and China — to speak up too.
Michael Gove: Keep Climate Change in the Curriculum
From Esha, aged 15
Geography has always been my favourite subject at school. Volcanoes, globalisation, development, you name it. It has inspired me to realise that not only is the earth a beautiful place, but one that is in desperate need of our help.
Now the Government wants to remove the study of climate change from geography lessons for everyone under 14.
Read more and sign the petition at Change.org
A Call To Respond
We in Marinet hold it to be self-evident that nature reserves are a sensible thing.
They protect areas of exceptional and rare biodiversityBiological diversity in an environment as indicated by numbers of different species of plants and animals., and they provide a reservoir and sanctuary for wildlife, in all its various plant and animal forms, where nature can multiply and then spread out naturally, and with man’s assistance, to re-colonise areas and landscapes that have been damaged.
On land, this need and practice is widespread. Modern agriculture and urban development has made it essential, and the abundance of nature reserves in all their various forms is legion. We have responded and created nature reserves, large and small, all over the country and whilst their abundance could still be improved they are in many ways a success story. They preserve wildlife, and the proof of their importance is evident and clear.
At sea, this need is equally great. Intensive fishing and other commercial uses of the sea have seriously reduced fish stocks and degraded both the diversity and the resilience of our seas’ ecosystems. Yet, marine nature reserves – Marine Protected Areas and Conservation Zones – have not been established in any way near the same abundance or with the sense of purpose as they have on land. Marine nature reserves are still the “Cinderella” of the conservation movement – a dazzling presence that is forever promised, but very meagrely supplied.
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Clyde marine station threatened with closure
“The Marine Biological Station at Millport, based on the isle of Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde, is a world class research and educational centre which must be saved from closure” says Andrew Binnie, The Community of Arran Seabed Trust’s (COAST) Marine Project Officer. Andrew is one of many former Millport students appalled by the withdrawal of funding. COAST have prepared a petition to the Scottish Government to save Millport Marine Biology Station from closure
Stop the Frankenfish attack
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA is moving closer to giving final approval to a GM breed of salmon which is being developed by the US/Canadian company, AquaBounty. The FDA has already certified that this modification will have no adverse effect on those who eat it, and the FDA has now decided that it will have no adverse effect on the US environment.
Therefore approval of this GM salmon is imminent. It grows at twice the rate of its natural counterpart and contains genesA string of the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) molecule that is the fundamental unit of inheritance, so it is variations in the make up of this molecule in the gene that controls variations in an organism's appearance and behaviour. Genes are found in the nucleus of the organism's cells. from the Chinook salmon and the Ocean pout (an eel-like fish), giving the GM salmon extra growth hormones. The proposal is that the GM salmon will be used in fish farms
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