The intediction bottom trawling adopted
- 13 July 2016
The European Union made the announcement Thursday 30 June: it will not be possible to fish more than 800 meters of bottom in European waters.
The limit is increased to 400 meters of bottom in areas classified as vulnerable.
The text also provides more controls and administrative penalties for violations.
According to a statement from the European Commission (July 2012), the practice of fishing, which represents "only" 1% of the North Atlantic landings, has become "the greatest risk of destroying irreplaceable and vulnerable marine ecosystems" .
The consequences of bottom trawling are disastrous for the ecology. In crops of fishing vessels, some species without commercial interest, and sometimes endangered, are brought to the surface before being discharged into the water, dead.
The Agreement established between the Member States, the European Commission and the European Parliament, comes after years of negotiations.
The Bloom Association, very invested, could also count on strong citizen mobilization.