THIS FAR, NO FURTHER: Protect the Arctic from destructive trawling

Publication - March 2, 2016
Investigations by Greenpeace have shown industrial fishing fleets using destructive bottom trawling are invading previously pristine areas of the Arctic Ocean above Norway.

March-02-16 Arctic fishing Greenpeace report

The icy waters of the northern Barents Sea are home to a huge diversity of marine life, including cold water corals, bowhead whales and polar bears, along with rare fish and invertebrates. Many more species doubtless remain to be discovered in this remote area. As climate change steadily diminishes the extent and annual duration of the sea ice, this and other areas of the Arctic Ocean that were previously ice-covered for all or much of the year are becoming accessible to commercial exploitation. Sea ice loss in the northern Barents Sea is turning it into a new hunting ground for industrial fishing. Fishing brings with it the threats of habitat degradation and bycatch, potentially wiping out marine life and putting this whole fragile ecosystem at risk.