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Reforming EU deep-sea fishing regulation: A Net Win for the UK

  Wednesday, 21 January: Today MPs from across party divides have joined with leading UK marine scientists and NGOs to call on the government to take a leading role in EU negotiations to ensure sustainable deep-sea fisheries, the phasing out of the most destructive methods, bottom trawling and gillnetting, and minimise harm to vulnerable deep-sea More…

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Intermarché’s betrayal on deep-sea fishing

  A year ago, after having bitterly fought and sabotaged the European Parliament’s vote on the ban of deep-sea bottom trawling, the group Intermarché “reached out” to NGOs – especially BLOOM – which had exposed their destructive deep-sea fishing practices, notably via the viral cartoon by French illustrator Pénélope Bagieu.[1] This comic strip sparked incredible More…

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Ban deep-sea bottom trawling? It is still possible!

  Today, a gathering orchestrated by BLOOM in collaboration with several NGOs including an international coalition of over 70 organizations – the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition – is taking place in front of a forum in Paris on the theme of “tomorrow’s fisheries”. The message to French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal is that the public More…

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European Fisheries Ministers must not repeat past mistakes for deep-sea fish quotas

The European Commission has just released its proposal on fishing opportunities for deep-sea fish stocks in 2015-2016. Fishing for deep-sea species has been regulated in the EU since 2003 and quotas for deep-sea species are decided every two years by the Council of Fisheries Ministers. But since its implementation, the regulation of deep-sea fisheries, including More…

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BLOOM’s position on deep-sea quotas for 2015/2016

In November 2012, the Council of Fisheries Ministers had decided of a drastic increase of quotas for French fleets involved in deep-sea fishing. This was inconsistent with the precautionary approach that has been repeatedly called for by ICES with regards to the management of deep-sea fisheries and led to increased captures of bycatch species, some More…

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LUSH staff across Europe wear body paint to tell the story of deep-sea destruction

Non-profit organization BLOOM and LUSH Cosmetics campaign for a historic EU ban on deep-sea bottom trawling From 8th – 14th September 2014 LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics shops across Europe will host a campaign to raise awareness about the destruction caused by deep-sea bottom trawling and to ask European governments to support a ban of what More…

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Defending the indefensible: how politicians and their lobbyists are doing it

  The French trawling lobby, BLUE FISH, teamed with the lobbying firm G Plus Europe, a subsidiary of Omnicom Group, to defend trawling interests and ensure that the most destructive and the least selective, least provider of jobs, least economically viable fishing methods such as deep-sea bottom trawling will not be called into question by More…

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Stunning Artworks of European Street-Artists against deep-sea bottom trawling

DELWOOD BIARRITZ  – Beach ©BLOOM/DELWOOD © Romain Quesada/Biarritz POPAY Brussels – EU Council BLOOM/POPAY © Gautier Houba/Bruxelles PANIK LONDON – Kensington Road BLOOM/PANIK © Team Lurkers/London DAVID JAE ANTUNES LISBON – Praça do Comércio BLOOM/David JAE Antunes © Jorge Coelho/Lisboa JB ROCK ROME – Ministry of Agriculture   BLOOM/JB ROCK © Camilla Morandi/Roma SP-38 BERLIN More…