Publicado por: pongpesca | 2012/01/18

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC)

“The ocean depths were once considered only the setting for seawrecks, monster squid and the primordial ooze, but over the past several decades scientists have discovered a previously unknown wealth of biodiversity. The dark depths of our oceans are home to cold-water corals, sponge fields, seamounts, hydrothermal vents and a multitude of other ecosystems that shelter strange and mysterious creatures found nowhere else on Earth. But this extraordinarily rich and fragile deep sea life is under threat from a range of fishing practices, and in particular the most destructive among them: deep-sea bottom trawling.

Today, deep-sea fleets (in particular bottom trawl fishing boats) can reach submerged mountains called seamounts, bulldozing their way across the ocean floor and destroying all life in their path as deep as 2000 metres. Species may become extinct before scientists even have a chance to identify them.

Over 70 organisations worldwide are working together under the umbrella of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) to protect cold-water corals and vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems. Together with the scientific community, we are calling for States to honour their commitments made at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)to protect deep-sea species and ecosystems on the high seas from the harmful impacts of fishing. This reprieve would provide immediate protection to the mostly undiscovered biodiversity of the deep seas while legally-binding conservation and management regimes can be developed — before it is too late.”

Consultar sítio aqui.

Consulte o blogue “Save the Deep Sea” aqui.

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