"New science released overnight shows bottom trawling releases more carbon
dioxide than global aviation, coinciding with a renewed call from environmental
groups for the Government to tackle the impacts of New Zealand’s bottom
As this news came to light, a coalition of environment, conservation and
recreational fisheries organisations have written to Fisheries Minister David
Parker to stop trawl fleets from trashing deep sea life, warning that continued
inaction is incompatible with New Zealand’s international obligations to
protect biodiversity and prevent runaway climate change.
The letter, from eight organisations: Forest & Bird, ECO, Greenpeace, the Deep
Sea Conservation Coalition, LegaSea, NZ Sport Fishing, Our Seas Our Future and
WWF-NZ, warns of the terrible destruction being wrought on vulnerable seabed
ecosystems by our bottom trawling fleet.
Bottom trawling is a highly destructive fishing activity that drags heavy nets
across the seafloor destroying deep sea corals and other marine life. In doing
so, it not only destroys biodiversity, but also releases carbon stored in the
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