BLOOM’s press releases

French Environment Minister calls for a true European ban on pulse fishing

Paris, 2 March 2017 BLOOM welcomes the position of the French Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, Mrs Ségolène Royal, who strongly opposed, in a letter sent to the European Commission on 24 February 2017, the exemptions granted to vessels allowing them to practice pulse fishing in EU waters despite this fishing technique More…

The allowable catch of endangered deep-sea species must be zero, say conservationists

  Brussels 10th November 2016: Marine conservation experts call on the European Council of Fisheries Ministers to prohibit fishing for endangered deep-sea species. The Council will meet on 14-15 November to decide on Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for deep-sea fishing in the North-East Atlantic*. Two species of deep-sea fish – roundnose grenadier and More…

Europe bans deep-sea bottom trawling, at long, long last!

Brussels, June 30th 2016 After four years of legislative procedures, endless upstream lobbying by the fishing industry to try to prevent the French government and the European Commission from proposing a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling, an agreement has finally been found, this Thursday June 30th, between the three European institutions (Parliament, Council, Commission) sealing More…

El Telefoniño HOTLINE OCEAN CLIMAT 24h/24

24/24 speedy scientific information and fact-checking to understand everything about the role of the ocean in the regulation of the climate Any questions about the modification of oceanic currents? CO2 uptake by plankton and fish? Ocean acidification? The sea level rise? Its impact on migrations of people ? BLOOM launches ” El Telefoniño ” an ocean More…

Deep-sea fish caught by French trawlers off Scotland listed as « endangered » by the IUCN

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published the first comprehensive assessment of the state of health of fish in European seas[1] and concluded that two of the three deepwater fish species mainly targeted by French industrial bottom trawlers in UK waters, off Scotland, are threatened with extinction! Roundnose grenadier (Coryphaenoides rupestris) More…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

EUROPEAN STREET-ART STANDS UP AGAINST DEEP-SEA BOTTOM TRAWLING

TODAY, FAMOUS STREET ARTISTS ARE PRODUCING SPECTACULAR PIECES of ART IN SEVERAL EUROPEAN CAPITALS TO CALL FOR THE BAN OF DEEP-SEA BOTTOM TRAWLING Today, while the Council of European Fisheries Ministers is meeting in Brussels, seven renowned street artists will perform live and simultaneously across Europe to call on Member States to take the will More…

ISSEY MIYAKE and BLOOM Association raise awareness in the fashion world to the fragile beauty of the deep oceans

Amazed by the extraordinary world he found in the book ABYSSES by Claire Nouvian, designer Yusuke Takahashi used the fantastic deep-sea marine bestiary as an inspiration for the ISSEY MIYAKE Men collection Spring/Summer 2015, presented this June 26 to the international press. “We replicated and saturated in colors some of the mysterious inhabitants of this More…

More than 20,000 outraged French citizens email François Hollande

    Paris, 25 March 2014   Since March 20th, close to 21,000 indignant French citizens have sent the President of the French Republic an e-mail asking him to support a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling in Europe. The public action orchestrated by BLOOM calls on François Hollande to live up to the commitments he More…

Seafood Fraud: France, star student of Europe

Following the recent crises that rocked the meat industry in Europe, BLOOM, Oceana, researchers from INSERM and the National Museum of Natural History, and Terra eco magazine teamed up to take on seafood traceability in France by conducting a unique investigation into fish labelling fraud. Over the course of one year, 10 regions were studied More…

NGOs welcome commitment by Intermarché’s fleet

31 January 2014   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 More…

CASINO SUPERMARKET LISTENS TO THE FRENCH, THEIR PRESIDENT DOESN’T

71% of French people want FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE to support the ban on deep-sea trawling. French supermarket, Casino, WITHDRAWS deep-sea species from SALE. Yesterday morning, BLOOM revealed that 71% of French people wanted François Hollande to support the European proposal to ban deep-sea trawl fishing, according to the results of a BVA survey analyzing a representative More…

Ifremer withdraws its scientific support to the deep-sea fishing lobbies

With just 15 days to go until the European Parliament votes in plenary on the deep-sea trawling ban, the industrial deep-sea fishing lobbies and their political allies have suffered a major blow: Ifremer (the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea) has withdrawn what little scientific support it offered. The lobbies were using More…

Deep-sea fishing : No threat to employment, an opportunity even

  A press release by BLOOM and OCEANA   Short of arguments, the industrial conglomerates involved in deep-sea fishing, lead by Intermarché, use more than ever the supposed threat of employment to divert the public debate from what is essential: the economic absurdity and disastrous ecological impact od deep-sea trawl fisheries and their likely impending More…

The “truth” of Intermarché on deep-sea fishing … And that of Monsanto on GMOs too?

  BLOOM, Greenpeace and Oceana press release While the exceptional mobilization of French citizens against destructive deep-sea fishing, including that of Intermarché, grows every moment (more than 420,000 signatures to BLOOM’s petition), the fleet belonging to the group based in Lorient, Scapêche, deploys today what it knows best : a communication operation, inviting all local More…

The future of the deep ocean will be decided in Plenary by the European Parliament

  After months of dark political tactics to try to jeopardize the deep-sea fishing regulation, the Members of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee have finally voted today on the Deep Sea Access Regime and secure a majority for the text to be voted in Plenary by the 766 members of the European Parliament. The Plenary More…

They say “NO” to the destruction of the Deep Ocean

  Paris, 24 October 2013   Actors Edward Norton and Jean-Pierre Darroussin, business man Richard Branson, buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, designer Philippe Starck , film directors Coline Serreau, Luc Jacquet, Jacques Perrin and Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Bixente Lizarazu, Jean -Michel Jarre, Nicolas Hulot and many others personalities from the arts, literature, sports and science join BLOOM More…

Deep-sea regulation stuck in Parliament

  The Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament announced this morning that the vote on the deep-sea fishing regulation will not take place today as scheduled. This file is set to break all records of stagnation: 15 months after the European Commission released its proposal, it still has not gone through the bottleneck of the More…

Richard Branson, Deep-Sea ambassador for BLOOM

While in Paris , Richard Branson confirmed with Claire Nouvian during a private meeting his commitment alongside BLOOM and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition to defend the biodiversity of the Deep Sea, threatened by industrial fishing nets that scrape the seabed down to 2000 meters.   On Monday, September 16, researchers and international public and More…

Outcome of the French Environmental Conference

  DEEP-SEA FISHING AND SUBSIDIES ON THE AGENDA The French Fisheries Minister Frédéric Cuvillier had tried as hard as possible to avoid the deep-sea file to be on the agenda of the annual French Environmental Conference, but he didn’t succeed. The deep-sea topic was so addressed that it was even chosen as one of the topics More…

IFREMER: the official alibi of deep-sea fishing industrial lobbies

    With an infamous political position paper, scientifically unfounded, the Ifremer has become the official alibi of lobbies and is at the center of the debate between industrial fishermen, Minister cabinets and NGOs. It is distressing for the many excellent IFREMER researchers, whose work is marred by a dark politico-industrial – and supposedly – scientific More…

International mobilization for the deep ocean

Politicians, scientists, fishermen and NGOs from around the world are mobilizing today to let the media and policy makers know that the fate of the deep ocean is being decided right now in Brussels. Europe must indeed soon decide whether to adopt the proposal of the European Commission to ban deep-sea bottom trawling, a fishing More…

Spi Ouest France Intermarché Regatta: a greenwashing operation for the destructive fisheries of Intermarché Group

On March 29 in La Trinité-sur-Mer the regatta “Spi Ouest France Intermarché” begins and Intermarché, the French leader in industrial deep-sea fishing, takes advantage of one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year to deploy a large-scale communication operation about its fishing activities centered around the theme, “Intermarché and the Sea – 20 More…

Industry attempts to sink deep-sea fishing regulation at the European Parliament

While The EU Parliament Environment Committee, overwhelmingly voted in favour of total reform of the deep-sea fishing Regulation yesterday (58 for, one against),the Fisheries Committee voted through changes which jeopardize its very survival.   The vote of the Environment Committee sends a strong message that citizens of the EU will no longer tolerate the existence of environmentally destructive More…

Employment: the last joker of the French deep-sea fishing industry

BLOOM Association published today a new estimate of jobs generated by the deep-sea sector in France, a very small sector since only nine vessels (six belonging to Intermarché) fish 98.5% of French deep-sea species catches. According to BLOOM’s analysis, 112 seamen in full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) are working on board vessels engaged on various degrees in deep-sea fishing. More…

How France intends to dictate EU-wide regulation to save a single, unprofitable but heavily subsidized deep-sea fleet

Since 2009, despite legal obligations, the fishing fleet of French supermarket chain Intermarché has failed to publish its accounts. Intermarché’s fleet, Scapêche, is the main French deep-sea fleet, with six bottom trawlers targeting deep-sea species, mainly in UK waters. It is therefore subject to scrutiny by EU institutions, as they are currently reforming the EU’s More…

The double dealing of an impartial scientist

  Exactly 90 days after being appointed for a three year-term in the most influential scientific body advising the European Commission on fisheries, a researcher at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) switched loyalties to work for the deep­sea fleet of French supermarket chain Intermarché. He thus entered into a blatant More…

BLOOM reveals Intermarche’s poisonous strategy and their collusion with an IFREMER researcher to ensure favorable scientific backing

A researcher for the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), appointed for a three year term at the most influential scientific organisation in the European Commission, changed sides to join the fleet of Intermarche exactly 90 days later, thus causing a blatant conflict of interest with his position! Afterwards, the French newspaper More…

Deep trouble for deep-water species

A new study reveals severe mismanagement of European deep-water stocks, according to this week’s online version of the journal Ocean & Coastal Management.   Sebastian Villasante and coauthors have analyzed scientific recommendations and total allowable catches concerning deep-sea fish stocks from 2002 to 2011. This is the first systematic analysis of the efficacy of the EU More…

100% of French citizens support destructive fishing practices

  In collaboration with the Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme, Greenpeace and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition   Such are the findings of a groundbreaking study by the non-profit organization BLOOM on deep-sea fishing in France. Indeed, the two main deep-sea trawl fleets that fish at depths of up to 1500m in the North-East Atlantic More…

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