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Portugal Protects More Than Two Million Square Kilometers from Bottom Trawls

coral reef, deep sea coral, algae ground

Deep sea coral and anelid (fireworm) on algae ground. (Oceana / Juan Carlos Calvin)

In a remarkable effort to protect its waters, the Portuguese government issued a decree prohibiting deep-sea fishing in an area spanning 2,280,000 square kilometers. Even though the decree exempts longlining, which is authorized under certain conditions, it is an immensely significant step in protecting deep-sea species and ecosystems.

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