Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Mysteries of the Deep Sea Expedition

Tue, 25 May 2004

Mysteries of the Deep Sea Expedition

Auckland - Over the next couple of months a spotlight will be shining on the world's most destructive fishing practice, revealed Greenpeace today.

During a press conference onboard the Rainbow Warrior, oceans campaigner Carmen Gravatt announced Greenpeace's international campaign to protect deep sea life from the destruction of bottom trawl fishing.

"Bottom trawl fishing poses a major threat to the last undiscovered frontier on the planet - the deep sea. The Rainbow Warrior will be sailing the waters around New Zealand drawing attention to the destructive nature of bottom trawling."

Once thought to be void of life, scientists now estimate between 500,000 to 100,000,000 species live in the deep sea. Many of these species are situated around seamounts - underwater mountains.

"Bottom trawling in the deep sea is like clear felling a virgin ancient forest. Bottom trawl nets are enormous. Their mouths are the length of a rugby field and three storeys high. Weighted across the bottom with heavy steel rollers, they smash and crush corals, swallowing everything in their path," said Ms Gravatt.

In 2001(1), 12 countries took approximately 95% of the reported high seas catch. New Zealand was one of those 12 countries.(2)

"The fishing fleets devastate one area after another and then move onto new grounds in their quest for fish. Bottom trawl fishing has often led to the serial depletion of targeted deep-sea fish stocks," added Ms Gravatt.

Over 1,000 scientists from 60 countries including New Zealand this year signed a statement calling for a global moratorium on high seas bottom trawling. Greenpeace is working collaboratively with the scientists and other international and local organisations to support a United Nations moratorium.

"There is an opportunity for New Zealand to uphold its international reputation as a leader on global marine conservation and support the moratorium at a United Nations(3) meeting next month," concluded Ms Gravatt.

More information and images available at: http://www.greenpeace.org.nz/deepsea

Notes: (1) The last year for which data is consistently available worldwide.

(2) Spain, France, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Faroes Islands (Denmark), Portugal, New Zealand and Japan.

(3) The United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS) meeting on June 7 - 11 New York.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news