Days since a Talley’s owned ship bottom trawled a protected area in the Tasman Sea without a court hearing:

The Talleys fishing vessel Amaltal Apollo was caught trawling 14 times in an area closed to fishing in May 2018.

The New Zealand Government lobbied hard in international meetings to stop being put on the international fishing blacklist, arguing they would take strong action against them at home. 

We are yet to see this action. Meanwhile the vessel is currently fishing in NZ waters, and its sister ships have continued to trawl the South Pacific. The Amaltal Apollo was allowed to continue fishing in international waters for the rest of the 2018 fishing season.

While the government is prosecuting the company and the skipper, the case still hasn’t been through the courts and MPI is still letting the vessel fish in New Zealand’s seas in the meantime. 

This is just the latest example of the New Zealand Government prioritising fishing interests over vulnerable marine ecosystems. But we will not tolerate the fishing industry calling the shots when it comes to oceans protections.

Tell Minister Stuart Nash now is the time to ban bottom trawling of 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.

What is Bottom Trawling?  

Bottom trawling is an incredibly destructive form of fishing, where nets with heavy weights are dragged along the seafloor, bulldozing everything in their path. 

Ban Bottom Trawling on Seamounts

PLEASE SHARE & Join the campaign today: trawling is one of the most brutal and devastating forms of fishing available.Monster fishing vessels drag vast weighted nets through delicate ecosystems, such as submarine mountains or 'seamounts.' In the process, they destroy these fragile ecosystems in their wake.These underwater mountains are hotspots for ocean life, and often contain species found nowhere else on Earth. We should be protecting them, not allowing the fishing industry to bulldoze them for profit.

Posted by Greenpeace New Zealand on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trawlers owned by New Zealand fishing companies regularly target ‘seamounts’ – incredibly biodiverse undersea mountains home to unique and slow growing species. They’re targeted because they attract life, but once they’ve been trawled, the ecosystems there are destroyed, with no guarantee they’ll be back. 

These habitats often take hundreds of years to form and they underpin the health of the ocean. They are important places for ocean creatures to breed, feed, spawn and shelter. Some areas that have been trawled show no signs of recovery, even decades later. 

New Zealand is one of only seven countries still bottom trawling on seamounts and oceanic ridges in international waters, and we are doing it in our waters too. 

Last year the NZ fishing fleet pulled up 8.8 tonnes of coral and other vulnerable marine life in their nets, this means up to 3,000 tonnes was bulldozed below the surface.

Why is this allowed to happen? 

Great question, one we are asking too! 

Despite countries around the world outlawing this destructive fishing technique. 

Despite ocean ecosystems collapsing because of destructive fishing. 

Despite nearly 50,000 New Zealanders calling on Minister Stuart Nash to stop the NZ fleet trawling seamounts. 

The government hasn’t done anything to bring the trawlers to heel. 

In fact they have pushed for more freedom to trawl in our waters and internationally. 

This stance goes against the best science, UN recommendations, and the progressive actions of other countries. And leaves us asking why the New Zealand government are so determined to prioritise Big Fishing interests over protecting the oceans? Something smells fishy.

What can I do?

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Join the campaign to ban bottom trawling on seamounts


Increase the pressure

Email Minister Stuart Nash directly and tell him why you want bottom trawling banned at: [email protected]


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