LegaSea, as part of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, is calling the government to ban bottom trawling on seamounts and other ecologically sensitive areas.
The Coalition, that includes ECO, Forest and Bird, Greenpeace, LegaSea and WWF-New Zealand, is urging the public to sign a petition to the Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, and the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. The groups argue that Aotearoa’s antiquated legislation on bottom trawling lags behind the rest of the world.
Bottom trawling is one of the most damaging forms of fishing and can destroy entire underwater ecosystems, which, as evidence suggests, may never recover. It happens when a huge, weighted net is dragged along the sea floor, leaving destruction in its wake. The catch can include ancient coral forest and a multitude of non-target species.
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