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Fat Freddy’s Drop say No to Bottom Trawling

Friday 8 September 2006

Fat Freddy’s Drop say No to Bottom Trawling

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Fat Freddy's Drop keyboard player Dobie Blaze and trombone player Ho-Pepa check out giant barnacles and an octopus dragged from the deep sea by bottom trawlers.
Photo credit: Phil Freeman

Led by Captain Dobie Blaze, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Noodle want to help protect our weird, wacky and wonderful deep-sea life from the ravages of bottom trawling nets in international waters.

A keen recreational fisherman, Dobie Blaze, Fat Freddy’s Drop keyboard player and Freddy's Kai Kemist, is concerned about the impact of bottom trawling on deep-sea life and the future of fishing.

Dobie Blaze and Freddy’s today launched an online video, with a remix of Freddy’s /Del Fuego /to underscore the deep deep sea-life and the destructive results of bottom trawling in these sensitive areas.

Fat Freddy’s is also auctioning 6 limited edition Protect Deep Sea Life t-shirts, featuring Noodle and autographed by members of the band. It is available for bids on Trade Me until next weekend.

All money raised will go to the campaign for a UN moratorium on bottom trawling in international waters.

The New Zealand Government is currently re-assessment the stance our Government will present at the United Nations in October on bottom trawling in international waters. *

*Noodle is the octopus that stars on Freddy’s album artwork for 'Based On A True Story' and when he is not pursuing the Freddy’s, Noodle most definitely holidays in the deep deep sea. The only bottom trawling in Freddy’s is trombone player Ho Pepa’s ‘bad ho jelly roll’ dance on stage.

Bottom trawling our oceans is one of the world’s most destructive fishing practices. It bulldozes deep-sea life by dragging heavy weighted nets across the sea floor. Ancient coral forests and the life within them are crushed. Many international scientists believe that bottom trawling will push species to extinction, some before they are even named.

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Fat Freddy's Drop keyboard player Dobie Blaze and trombone player Ho-Pepa check out an arm piece of a colossal squid - the largest squid in the world.
Photo credit: Phil Freeman

TO VIEW FREDDY’S BOTTOM LINE VIDEO: http://www.fatfreddysdrop.com/flashback.html

TO BID ON FREDDY’S PROTECT DEEP SEA LIFE T-SHIRT http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=1756395

Fat Freddy's Drop trombone player Ho-Pepa with rattail. Photo credit: Phil Freeman
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Fat Freddy's Drop trombone player Ho-Pepa checks out a rattail fish dragged from the deep sea and dumped as bycatch by bottom trawlers.
Photo credit: Phil Freeman


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