19 Oct '11, 3pm

Deep sea destruction funded by European taxpayers. New blog & report:

Deep sea destruction funded by European taxpayers. New blog & report:

In the deep sea northwest of the UK, bottom trawlers are destroying ancient and mostly undiscovered ecosystems. They are part of an unsustainable fishing industry kept afloat by EU taxpayer subsidies. In the deep, life moves slowly, but it’s far from boring. Graceful corals that have taken thousands of years to grow, harbour an array of weird and wonderful creatures. Deep sea species grow and reproduce very slowly, so populations can’t recover as fast as they are fished. The orange roughy for instance, lives up to 150 years and the gulper shark produces only one or two pups from a two-year long pregnancy. These vulnerable species are being decimated by bottom trawlers that use giant nets (some with openings the size of football fields) to capture every living thing in their path. Corals and sponges are obliterated as heavy steel doors and rollers are dragged across the sea...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/deep-sea-destruc...

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