For the planet, for the ocean and for the hundreds of millions of people who depend upon it to eat and to live, we need to drastically transform bottom trawling now.
Bottom trawling is a highly destructive activity that has become a normalised part of our marine food production.
We want to see bottom trawling urgently tackled by all coastal nations, with evidence of a globally reduced footprint by 2030.
We're calling for world leaders to:
Establish, expand and strengthen national inshore exclusion zones (IEZs) for small-scale fishers in which bottom trawling is prohibited.
Prohibit bottom trawling in all marine protected areas (outside IEZs) to ensure vulnerable habitats and ecosystems are effectively protected and recovered.
End subsidised bottom trawling and allocate financial and technical resources to support a fair transition for fleets.
Prohibit the expansion of bottom trawling to new, untrawled areas, unless and until it can be proven that there are no significant adverse impacts.
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