The beautiful and extraordinary life on seamounts and other deep sea areas is under serious threat from bottom trawling, one of the most destructive fishing practices ever devised.
Bottom trawling clearfells the ancient coral forests of the deep-sea.
12-06-2005, West Norfolk Ridge, Tasman Sea: A 400 year old Paragorgia coral being hauled aboard the New Zealand bottom trawler Waipori.
12-06-2005, West Norfolk Ridge, Tasman Sea: Crew on New Zealand bottom trawler Waipori wrestle with a large piece of 400 year old Paragorgia coral hauled up from the deep-sea.
Taken by a fisheries observer on board a NZ bottom trawler, this photo shows a large piece of red coral being hoisted out of a bottom trawl net. (Note more coral in the net).
TASMAN SEA: A closeup of the bycatch in a bottom trawl net.
TASMAN SEA: Crew from the Rainbow Warrior collect bycatch thrown overboard in the wake of a bottom trawler in the Tasman Sea.
TASMAN SEA: Rainbow Warrior crew member holds a piece of endangered black coral found in the wake of a bottom trawler
TASMAN SEA: Some of the bycatch collected by the Rainbow Warrior crew in the wake of bottom trawlers in the Tasman Sea.
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