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    Europe bans deep-sea bottom trawling, at long, long last!

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Brussels, June 30th 2016 After four years of legislative procedures, endless upstream lobbying by the fishing industry to try to prevent the French government and the European Commission from proposing a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling, an agreement has finally been found, this Thursday June 30th, between the three European institutions (Parliament, Council, Commission) sealing the reform of the deep-sea fishing regulation. On the last day of the Council’s Dutch Presidency, the three institutions have adopted a series of important measures for the protection of…

ISSEY MIYAKE and BLOOM Association raise awareness in the fashion world to the fragile beauty of the deep oceans

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Amazed by the extraordinary world he found in the book ABYSSES by Claire Nouvian, designer Yusuke Takahashi used the fantastic deep-sea marine bestiary as an inspiration for the ISSEY MIYAKE Men collection Spring/Summer 2015, presented this June 26 to the international press. “We replicated and saturated in colors some of the mysterious inhabitants of this fragile ecosystem. The deep-sea habitat of these fascinating creatures is full of surprises that remain to be explored. Collaboration between ISSEY MIYAKE MEN and BLOOM Association aims to explore the…

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Meet the Foundation Esprit de Velox – A date for your diaries in September, in Paris and La Rochelle

Esprit de VELOX, which has obtained COP21 recognition, is running a project to build and run a carbon free avant-garde ship to further science and innovation.   Objectives : To design, build and operate a fifty metre sailing ship, which will be able to explore al l the oceans of the world. I t will be able to create its own energy and will function in all climatic conditions, with minimal environmental impact. The first around the world trip is scheduled for 2019. To be…

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Deep-sea fish caught by French trawlers off Scotland listed as « endangered » by the IUCN

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published the first comprehensive assessment of the state of health of fish in European seas[1] and concluded that two of the three deepwater fish species mainly targeted by French industrial bottom trawlers in UK waters, off Scotland, are threatened with extinction! Roundnose grenadier (Coryphaenoides rupestris) thus proves to be “endangered” under the criteria[2] of the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, and blue ling (Molva dypterygia) is assessed as “vulnerable”. Roundnose grenadier and blue ling…

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Ban deep-sea bottom trawling? It is still possible!

Paris, November 19, 2014 Today, a gathering orchestrated by BLOOM in collaboration with several NGOs including an international coalition of over 70 organizations – the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition – is taking place in front of a forum in Paris on the theme of “tomorrow’s fisheries”. The message to French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal is that the public is calling on her to ensure that tomorrow’s fisheries will certainly not be deep-sea bottom trawling! Almost a year after the European Parliament narrowly voted against phasing…

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More than 20,000 outraged French citizens email François Hollande

Since March 20th, close to 21,000 indignant French citizens have sent the President of the French Republic an e-mail asking him to support a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling in Europe. The public action orchestrated by BLOOM (http://agir.bloomassociation.org/francois-hollande-respectez-vos-engagements) calls on François Hollande to live up to the commitments he made at Rio+20 in 2012 to “eliminate destructive fishing practices.”   Hollande’s government held an “Environmental Conference” in September 2013 during which it agreed that the views of environmental NGOs and citizens would be taken into…

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Seafood Fraud: France, star student of Europe

Following the recent crises that rocked the meat industry in Europe, BLOOM, Oceana, researchers from INSERM and the National Museum of Natural History, and Terra eco magazine teamed up to take on seafood traceability in France by conducting a unique investigation into fish labelling fraud. Over the course of one year, 10 regions were studied and nearly 400 samples were collected from supermarket shelves, fish markets, restaurants, ready-made meals and frozen food. While similar studies in various European Union countries revealed high levels of seafood…

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