The vast depths of our oceans are out of sight and out of mind for most of us. But for small-scale fishers and fishworkers, the human activities that impact life in our seas affect them on a daily basis. Healthy marine ecosystems underpin fishers’ livelihoods, and much of the vast diversity of life in our […]
The label ‘bottom trawling’ encompasses a vast diversity of fishing practices operating across scales of industrialisation, from vast factory vessels ploughing seamounts in the Pacific to small ‘kiss’ trawlers scouring seagrass meadows in the Mediterranean. There are specific issues associated with each variation of bottom trawling and while we need bespoke solutions to accommodate local nuances, all bottom trawlers are united […]
Building on the flurry of fisheries and biodiversity-focused events in 2023, which many were calling the ‘ocean super year’, members of the TBT Coalition are ratcheting up the pressure on coastal states across the globe to end the harm caused by bottom trawling and restore our oceans. In February, members of the coalition descended on […]
As the world’s attention shifts to the UN climate and biodiversity COPs, it’s clearer than ever that we need bold action to address the unprecedented crisis facing our lands and seas. In our oceans, industrial bottom trawlers and dredgers continue to have an outsized impact on the lives of coastal communities, carbon emissions, ecosystem decline, […]
In August the coalition prepared for the 35th meeting of the UN FAO Committee on Fisheries in Rome and the 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress, Europe in Malta. Both events are important spaces to amplify our call to action, build the coalition’s network, track the development of relevant policies and speak to SSF representatives and other experts to inform […]
This month, we’ve maintained the momentum of the coalition’s successful side event at the UN Ocean Conference. Following Thailand’s announcement to phase out bottom trawling, the Environmental Justice Foundation – a founding member of the TBT Coalition – has been working with the Thai government to ensure the new policy is effectively and equitably implemented. […]
We would love to connect with the coalition’s supporters when we travel to Lisbon for the UN Oceans Conference in June.
Welcome to the Transform Bottom Trawling Coalition newsletter with updates from our members and the coalition’s achievements. This month we welcomed the Fisheries Secretariat to the global movement to transform bottom trawling. This brings us to 52 members working across 25 countries! We’ve been busy preparing for the packed schedule of global ocean events in […]
Welcome to the Transform Bottom Trawling Coalition newsletter with updates from our members and the coalition’s achievements. This month we welcomed four new organisations to the global movement to transform bottom trawling, bringing us to 51 members working across 24 countries! At the same time, we’ve been busy honing our campaigns and preparing for the […]
Welcome to the Transform Bottom Trawling Coalition newsletter with updates from our members and the coalition’s achievements.