Our oceans are being plundered for profit by the fishing industry. Together we can stop this destruction, and safeguard our precious ocean wildlife.

PETITION: Ban bottom trawling on seamounts

Ministers Nash and Sage: I demand that the NZ Govt bans bottom trawling on seamounts and similar deep sea features, and stop issuing permits for bottom trawling in international waters.

Trawling damages the ocean

Bottom trawling is hugely devastating for ocean ecosystems. When fishing vessels drag vast weighted nets through delicate ecosystems, like over seamounts, they destroy everything in their path. Slow growing corals and sponges, that have provided a habitat for a diverse range of ocean creatures, are ripped to shreds.

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The Government must act

The Government is still allowing the commercial fishing industry to plunder these precious ecosystems for profit, and in 2019 announced that more bottom trawling would be allowed. In 2020, they have proposed an increase in quota for bottom trawled fish Orange Roughy, despite the ecological emergency we’re in.

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What you can do

Signed the petition but want to take more action? Here’s what you can do.
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Learn

Find out why bottom trawling is so problematic by watching this short video.

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Discover

New Zealand companies still use bottom trawling to catch fish in NZ waters. Find out more about one of those companies, Talley’s, and their worrying links to certain MPs.

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Send the open letter

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders want stronger ocean protection. Send the open letter to the Minister of Oceans today, and call on him to act urgently.

Send the letter
1 Learn

Find out why bottom trawling is so problematic by watching this short video.

Watch the video

New Zealand companies still use bottom trawling to catch fish in NZ waters. Find out more about one of those companies, Talley’s, and their worrying links to certain MPs.

Read the article

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders want stronger ocean protection. Send the open letter to the Minister of Oceans today, and call on him to act urgently.

Send the letter