More than 200 scientists have signed a statement calling for the prohibition of bottom trawling, and other industrial activities, in the EU’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The statement was led by Enric Sala, of National Geographic Pristine Seas, and the press statement follows here: September 12, 2022 – More than 200 scientists have signed a statement calling for […]

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New research has been published in Marine Policy which assessed the extent to which the fishing activity of vessels using bottom-contacting mobile gears (trawls, dredges and demersal seines) were impacted by the construction of 12 offshore windfarms in the UK EEZ. The paper, ‘Windfarms, fishing and benthic recovery: Overlaps, risks and opportunities’, by Frith Dunkley and Jean-Luc […]

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A new peer-reviewed research paper in the Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science journal has found that Feature-based MPAs in the UK may not be not fulfilling their potential to recover biodiversity. The paper, authored by researchers from the University of Plymouth and the Government of Jersey, found that removal of bottom-towed fishing from whole-site Marine […]

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Greenpeace UK has placed 18 limestone boulders on the seabed in the South West Deeps (East) Marine Conservation Zone with the aim of disrupting industrial fishing.     The environmental group dropped the boulders into the ocean about 200 miles (322km) off Cornwall from its ship Arctic Sunrise.  It aims to create a barrier making […]

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