08 Oct '11, 5am

Influence: IUCN and Nature Conservancy jointly developed recommendations on deep-seas fisheries. Read more

To overcome some of the challenges faced by States and RFMOs in complying with existing agreements, the participants' recommendations included: greater sharing of deep-sea fisheries data, better guidance on undertaking risk assessments, elimination of subsidies that generate overcapacity, and tighter thresholds to minimise bycatch and protect key ecosystems. Fishing is often undertaken without proper catch limits and enforcement of obligations. Deep-sea fishing in the high seas is carried out by relatively few vessels from a small number of countries and contributes only marginally to global marine capture fisheries. However, this deep-sea fishery, if not properly managed, has the potential to decimate unique species and ecosystems that the international community has only just started to discover. Ensuring the sustainability of deep sea fisheries is still feasible, and wo...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/news/?8410/Managing-deep-se...

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greenpeace.org.uk 10 Oct '11, 1pm

The future of our oceans is in jeopardy. In Europe, once plentiful stocks of fish have been decimated by bloated industria...