Deep Sea

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

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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…

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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…

An ambitious vote in the European Parliament’s Environment Commission on deep-sea fishing regulations

The members of the biggest commission in the European Parliament, the Environment Commission, voted overwhelmingly (58 to 1) for a total reform of the regulations concerning “deep-sea fishing” and for the elimination of the most destructive fishing methods (bottom trawling and gillnets) at depths greater than 200 meters. Read BLOOM’s press release  Read BLOOM’s press More…

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Hearing on deep-sea fishing in the European Parliament

BLOOM made a presentation about the state of French deep-sea fisheries through an analysis of the audited accounts of the three main industrial fishing fleets who engage in deep-sea fishing. This highlighted an absence of economic viability and the social implications of fishing in deep waters, which could not occur without substantial public subsidies and More…

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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…

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…

Publication of a study showing the disasterous management of deep sea fisheries

Sebastian Villasante and his co-authors analysed the scientific recommendations as well as the total allowable catches (TAC’s) for deep sea fish between 2002 and 2011. They concluded that in 60% of cases the quotas fixed for deep-water species are higher than recommended by scientific advice, and that the catch exceeded these quotas in 50% of More…

Release of the proposal for a regulation on “Deep Sea Fisheries”

The European Commission is announcing the adoption of a proposal for a regulation, defining the rules concerning fisheries management conducted in deep water for the next ten years. The text proposes an historic measure: the two years phase out of bottom trawling as well as the prohibition of fishing with gillnets. This measure concerns all More…

Victory against Intermarché

  BLOOM wins a battle against French retail giant Intermarché, by obtaining a ban on a dishonest and misleading advertisement. This advert claims that Intermarché’s fleet (the largest in France), despite having the greatest involvement in deep-sea trawling of all French fleets, practices “responsible fishing”. Given the unwavering support from the political sphere towards the More…

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