LET’S END THE DESTRUCTION OF THE DEEP OCEAN!

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PROTECT THE OCEAN’s DEPTHS

2013 is a crucial year for the protection of the deep sea: the European Commission has proposed a ban on bottom trawling, a practice described by scientists as the most destructive in history: huge weighted nets scrape the seabed at up to 1800 meters of depth and devastate ecosystems that are thousands of years old, while catching vulnerable species, some of which are endangered, in the process.

In France, less than 10 vessels are involved in deep-sea bottom trawling. Six of them belong to the fleet of the retailer giant Intermarché. Despite receiving millions of euros in subsidies, these industrial vessels are in chronic deficit. Bottom trawling is a financial black hole that would not exist without our tax money.
The fishing industry lobbies put pressure on Member States of the European Union and Members of the European Parliament to avoid the prohibition of this fishing method, whose underperforming and subsidy dependent business model belongs to the past. Lobbies are leaning on France in particular to try and derail the EU Regulation.
Citizen mobilization can counteract the power of lobbies: help us eliminate this destructive practice by ensuring that our elected officials and diplomats rise again to the dignity of their office, by receiving clear and ambitious guidelines from the President of the Republic.

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Let's put an end to the destruction of the Deep Sea!

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To the President of the French Republic, François Hollande

"We, the citizens of France and the world, urge you to support the European proposal to ban deep-sea bottom trawling, which is recognized as one of the most destructive fishing methods in history. This underperforming, subsidy dependent, unprofitable activity concerns less than a dozen vessels in France, whereas its environmental impact is highly disproportionate: huge weighted nets rake and destroy the most vulnerable ocean ecosystems, catching more than 100 species, which are discarded but count endangered animals. These industrial fisheries devastate our natural heritage by scraping the longest-lived animals on the planet: corals that are thousands of years old, and that should be preserved like Egyptian mummies are.
Mr. Hollande, we ask you to honor the promise of "Environmental Excellence" that you gave to the French and to put an end to the deforestation of the deep oceans which brings disgrace on France. We ask you to fully support the proposal to ban deep-sea bottom trawling."

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To French President François Hollande

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