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European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius

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European countries claim to want to protect the ocean and restore biodiversity in this ecological and climate emergency. As such, the EU must finally phase out destructive fishing practices, starting with an immediate ban of bottom trawling in all Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This must be a commitment in the EU Action plan on oceans due to be released after the summer 2021.

Why is this important?

Fishing nets as tall as a three-storey building and as wide as a football field scoop up the seabed everyday. In seconds, these nets destroy everything in their path, killing dolphins, seals, corals, seahorses and hundreds of other marine species.

This harmful industrial fishing practice is called bottom-trawling. [1] It’s happening right here in Europe, in the jewel of our oceans, inside Marine Protected Areas. [2]

The EU claims to protect our seas and restore biodiversity in this ecological and climate emergency, yet they still have not banned the disgraceful and destructive practice of bottom-trawling in “protected” areas.

With every day that passes, bottom-trawling destroys more and more marine life living on the seafloor and irreversibly damages our fragile marine ecosystems. Let’s show an outpouring of support from thousands of us to ensure that marine life is immediately protected from this unacceptable destruction.


References:

  1. https://europe.oceana.org/en/publications/reports/unmanaged-unprotected-europes-marine-paper-parks
  2. https://europe.oceana.org/en/publications/reports/unmanaged-unprotected-europes-marine-paper-parks

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By sending a tweet to our Oceans Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius, right before he speaks on protecting our oceans at the largest conference on conservation, we can pile on the pressure in a very public way and make sure he knows he must take action.

He’ll see that we are expecting more than just words, and demand that he take responsibility and resist industry pressure to continue destroying our oceans.

You will find already prepared tweets, but please feel free to write your own personalised message. Mr. Sinkevičius and others will appreciate your personal message much more than a copy-pasted comment!

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By sending an email to our Oceans Commissioner in Brussels, Virginijus Sinkevičius, right before he speaks on protecting our oceans at the largest conference on conservation, we can make sure he knows he is being closely watched.

He’ll see that we are expecting more than just words, and demand that he take responsibility and resist industry pressure to continue destroying our oceans.

Please write your own personalised message to Virginijus Sinkevičius, the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries -- he will appreciate your personal message much more than a copy-pasted comment! All you need to do is fill-in the form, and then we will send the email on your behalf. Remember to sign your email at the bottom!

Here are some of the things you can talk about to ensure our Oceans Commissioner, Mr. Sinkevičius and the EU Commission include the ban in the EU Action Plan on Oceans:

  • Your concern for the thousands of marine species that are indiscriminately and unnecessarily killed in our ocean like sea turtles, dolphins, corals, starfish, and thousands of others.
  • Your worry about how bottom trawling causes the release of huge amounts of carbon into the ocean reducing resilience to climate change.
  • Your concern that this is our last chance to save our ocean from overfishing before more species will be driven to extinction and marine ecosystems will collapse.
  • How the EU will never be a leader in conservation and protection of oceans and biodiversity if it does not even ban bottom-trawling in Marine Protected Areas.
  • How the destructive fishing practice of bottom-trawling is inherently incompatible with the concept of protected areas, which aim to restore the abundance and biodiversity of our ocean.

The key message is that we want the EU to prohibit harmful activities in our ocean, starting with banning bottom-trawling in our Marine Protected Areas.

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With every day that passes, bottom-trawling irreversibly damages our fragile marine ecosystems. It’s extensive use causes more damage to the ocean floor than any other human activity in the world.

To continue mobilising and putting pressure to protect our ocean, we need the stability and flexibility that only small regular donations from WeMove community members like yourself can provide.

Will you chip in to help us protect starfish, corals, seahorses, hundreds of other marine species and habitats?

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