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…

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…

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…

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 ( 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…

They say ” NO” to the destruction of the Deep Ocean

Actors Edward Norton and Jean-Pierre Darroussin , Richard Branson, buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard , designer Philippe Starck , film directors Coline Serreau , Luc Jacquet, Jacques Perrin and Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Bixente Lizarazu , Jean -Michel Jarre, Nicolas Hulot and many others personalities from the arts, literature , sports and science join BLOOM and more than 21,000 people who signed the petition to François Hollande to say ” NO” to the destruction of the Deep Ocean. Today BLOOM reveals this exceptional mobilization through a gallery posted…

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