The Philippines ends bottom trawling in all municipal waters, protects 276,000 square kilometers of ocean | Oceana

In the Philippines, following Oceana’s campaign, the government closed a loophole and effectively ended bottom trawling in all its municipal waters (critical sources of seafood and sustenance for many Filipinos). The area protected is roughly equivalent to the size of the entire country (the land mass of the Philippines is 300,000 square kilometers). Bottom trawlers destroy habitat, which includes ocean nurseries, by dragging heavily weighted nets across the ocean floor in pursuit of fish and leaving behind damage that can last centuries.