Bottom trawling is one of the most damaging practices that humans inflict on our ocean.
Destroying seabed ecosystems, overfishing and indiscriminately killing everything from turtles and rays to sharks. And, it has an enormous climate impact too; dragging nets along the seabed uses more fuel and produces four times more emissions than other types of fishing.
Bottom trawling is rife in the most vulnerable places: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs),established to protect ocean diversity, are no longer refuges where fish can reproduce and recover. Even worse, trawling happens more intensely in MPAs than in non-protected areas across Europe.
We call on Governments to end this destructive practice, starting with an immediate ban in Marine Protected Areas and inshore zones.
We must protect our Ocean so it can protect us.
This petition is run by Patagonia & We Move.
All images are courtesy of Patagonia.