Green activists dump granite into ocean to disrupt fishing

by Stephen Hurrell. Published Wed 12 Aug 2009 13:57, Last updated: 2009-08-12
Bottom trawling involves dragging heavy chains across the seabed

Environmental activists have dumped 180 granite rocks onto the seabed near Sweden to stop ‘bottom trawling’ fishermen in protected areas.

Members of Greenpeace have placed the rocks, the same type naturally occurring in the areas, into the sea in Fladen and Lilla Middelgrund in the Kattegat area.

The areas are listed by the Swedish government as needing protection under Natura 2000 of the EU Habitat Directive due to the diverse sea life in the region.

However, European countries to not have the power to regulate fishing in these areas under the EU Common Fisheries Policy. All decisions must be made at EU-level.

Isadora Wronski, Greenpeace ocean campaigner, said: “Throughout Europe, marine protection only exists on paper. Our seas cannot wait any longer, their survival is at stake, and politicians need to take action and implement laws that will protect the life of the seas today and for the future.”

Bottom trawling is widely regarded as one of the most destructive forms of fishing. Heavy chains are dragged along the seabed and, according to Greenpeace, as much as 80 percent of fish caught in the nets are not wanted and are thrown overboard either dead or dying.

Wronski added: “The Swedish government needs to fulfil its commitment to protect the area and put a permanent ban on fishing in Fladen and Lilla Middelgrund.”

This is not the first time Greenpeace has dumped rocks into the ocean to disrupt fishing. In 2008, 320 boulders were placed near a reef in Germany.

Greenpeace claims the granite rocks are a temporary solution and the Swedish EU-Presidency needs to reform policy and allow member countries to regulate their own protected fishing areas.

The campaign organisation proposes a global network of protected marine areas to preserve fish stocks and protect ocean life from habitat destruction.

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Comments about Green activists dump granite into ocean to disrupt fishing

We are in deep crap if we cannot learn to be proactive and head off stupidity before it becomes a major problem. Thank you boulder dumpers.
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