European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius
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.  It’s happening right here in Europe, in the jewel of our oceans, inside Marine Protected Areas. 
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.
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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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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.
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