Appeal

Urge the EU Commission to Ban Destructive Fishing in Protected Waters

38,978 signatures. Let’s get to 50K

What You Need to Know

Bottom trawling is one of the world’s most destructive fishing practices. By dragging weighted nets along the ocean floor — some up to 240 meters wide — bottom trawling devastates coastal habitats, kills marine life indiscriminately, and depletes fish stocks. Just as bulldozing a forest destroys an ecosystem that has taken centuries to grow, bottom trawling decimates the seabed in a single motion, scraping up coral reefs and any other life in its path. 

Shockingly, bottom trawling is still permitted in some of Europe’s most fragile underwater ecosystems even though they have been designated as marine protected areas (MPAs). 

What’s the Issue?

Bottom trawling is responsible for more than 90% of discarded fish in the EU and accidentally ensnared and killed turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals. This harmful practice not only threatens Europe’s fish stocks but also the livelihoods of low-impact fishers and fisheries across the continent. In the Mediterranean, for example, 58% of all fish stocks remain overfished, largely because of bottom trawling, which makes it nearly impossible for low-impact fishers to keep up. By banning bottom trawling in MPAs as a starting point, marine life can recover, and we can preserve the low-impact fishing traditions that many communities depend on.

Bottom trawling is a destructive fishing practice that drags heavy nets across the ocean floor · Greenpeace
Dragged nets crush, tear up, and entangle delicate reefs, destroying natural habitats
The nets can accidentally trap turtles, dolphins, and other marine life, leaving them to die · Greenpeace
Bottom trawling gear is responsible for 93% of reported discards in the EU (1 million tonnes between 2015-2019) · Greenpeace
Low-impact fishing is more sustainable, but bottom trawlers exploit and deplete fish stocks, leaving little for local fishers

Campaign goals

We’re urging the European Commission to take action. It has the power to: 

Hold leaders accountable

Oversee the EU Marine Action Plan, which calls on EU Members to submit roadmaps to ban bottom trawling in protected waters.

Support fishers

Promote sustainable fisheries and fishing practices that support marine conservation efforts.

Protect MPAs

Strengthen the management and enforcement of existing marine protected areas.

Why your voice matters

Public pressure can drive change. By raising our voices together, we can demonstrate public demand for immediate action to protect the ocean. Your support is critical in safeguarding marine ecosystems for future generations, ensuring sustainable fisheries, and promoting biodiversity.

Cover Photo: Umeed Mistry | Ocean Image Bank
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JOSE T

we need to put a stop to this capitalist agenda to do away with our natural resources.

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Theresa Y

without clean seas all future on earth will be defunct

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Tanya M

we only have one planet & she appears to be ailing so let’s get together and help her regenerate and do the same for ourselves!

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Anthony B

Protecting the biodiversity of our planet’s oceans is important and is vital for the survival of all.

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Russ D

I want clean water, air and land don't you.

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Sarah T

I want to clean up our earth and waters.

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Meg G

Someone has to be a protector of the earth and it’s inhabitants! I want the joys of nature passed on in later years.

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Theres B

bottom trawling is very harmful to any ocean and all it's living beings. We have only one earth and the oceans are a crucial part of that living organ…

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Lucy L

We need to protect the future of our oceans. Fishing is not a sustainable practice and profit must not come before our planet.

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Nancy K

we have got to leave safe places for all life to survive.

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Denise L

to keep waters clean

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Taylor M

we need to protect all being on earth

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BEN J

Humans have to finally realize that WE HAVE ZERO RIGHT TO DESTROY OUR CHILDREN'S PLANET! And especially not for profit!

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Elizabeth A

Please fan desctuctive fishing in the protected waters in the EU. A a homeowner in France, and owner of a manufacturing company which does a ton of b…

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Jasmin S

i wanna save all the beautiful and magical animals in the ocean

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alex p

the earth needs help and humans need to get involved

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Bas K

the consequences can no longer be overseen, needs to be stopped

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Sandra H

The fishing industry *needs* to change.

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Jean M

We need to take any actions that is necessary to protect every living thing in the ocean and on land

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Victor R

I love fish! They are so beautiful in their immense diversity!

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Tommy O

Tommy OBrien

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Thomas W

renewable food is important

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Jemima D

protecting the oceans is everyone’s responsibility, if we dont protect them then we will destroy them, and be responsible for the loss of so much biod…

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Courtney C

There are already proven sustainable ways of fishing that are more beneficial to both people and our oceans. Bottom trawling is a short-term and unsus…

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Satu K

Situaton is very serious.

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