30 Jun '16, 1pm

Oceana calls for effective protection to halt the disappearance of underwater forests

Trawling is the main threat in the Mediterranean and has driven the kelp forests to the brink of extinction in the Adriatic Sea. In the Atlantic, European countries have failed to reach agreement about including them in the list of endangered habitats. The kelp forests in European waters are declining, and their decline is particularly worrying in the southernmost areas, according to a scientific publication which involved the participation of Oceana and experts from seven different countries. These ecosystems are as productive as rainforests, and they are under threat. For this reason, the international marine conservation organisation is asking for effective protection for them against aggressive activities such as trawling. “The kelp forests are among the most important ecosystems in Europe but also the least protected by conservation measures," explains Ricardo Aguilar...

Full article: http://oceana.org/press-center/press-releases/oceana-call...

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