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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…

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The publication of previously unreleased data reveals that the French government has hidden the truth about its deep-sea fishing activity

France’s position on the reform of the European deep-sea fishing regulation appears unjustifiable in light of this new information On 2 July 2014, the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) released data on the activities of French deep-sea bottom trawlers that non-government organizations (NGOs) have been demanding since national multi-stakeholder negotiations took More…

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Let’s show our governments across Europe that we care about the deep ocean and want them to hear us and to ban deep-sea bottom trawling!

Below the list of tweet handles according to where you are in Europe: The UK supports France in its determination to derail the ban although the bulk of deep-sea bottom trawling occurs off the British Isles, especially off Scotland. The UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice has decided to support destructive foreign fleets over the preservation More…