WeMove Europe is an independent and values-based organisation that seeks to build people power to transform Europe in the name of our community, future generations and the planet.
For two years, we worked to ban the most destructive fishing practice in Europe, known as bottom-trawling. Massive fishing nets bulldoze the ocean floor turning our precious ecosystems into wastelands; killing dolphins, seals, rare corals, and thousands of marine species.
And right now this is happening in Marine Protected Areas, places that like national parks are supposed to be protected because they are the most precious and diverse parts of our oceans.
In early 2023, the EU announced that it will ban bottom-bottom trawling in Marine Protected Areas in Natura 2000 sites that protect the seabed and marine species by March 2024; and in all other Marine Protected Areas by 2030 and not to allow it in any newly established Marine Protected Areas.
We played a big role in this result! Together, we kept persevering. Watch the video to see the story of the campaign From diving into the ocean in protest, taking over the front cover of the newspaper Politico in Brussels, delivering a giant pop-up book to the key decision-maker, to sending thousands of messages and postcards!
Finally the EU Commission listened to citizens. Now, it’s the EU countries’ turn to properly implement this fantastic legislation: and that’s precisely what we continue to fight for.
The European Parliament and the European Commission
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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Tweet at our Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and tell them why it’s time to make history by listening to science and people: Protect our Ocean, Biodiversity and Climate. Ban bottom-trawling now!
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We need your support. WeMove Europe gets no funding from companies or governments. Only donations from people like you will enable us to convince Europe to listen to the people-power, not industrial fisheries that only care about profits!
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Thank you for taking action to protect our ocean. It is only together that we can truly be a force to be reckoned with.