Deep ocean species grow slowly and produce few offspring, making them very vulnerable to overfishing. But the European Union fleet in the North-East Atlantic fishes down to depths of 1,500 meters, using bottom-fishing gear that destroys thousand-year-old corals and sponge beds. Even more worrying, up to 80 percent of trawl catches are discarded and thrown away.
Oceana in Europe produced this fantastic animated video to bring you up-to-speed on deep ocean fishing. Watch the video below, and then help us tell the EU to better manage deep-sea species.
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