Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

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The ocean depths were once considered just a setting for shipwrecks, monster squid and primordial ooze, but over past decades scientists have discovered a previously unknown wealth of biodiversity. The dark depths of our oceans are home to cold-water corals, sponge fields, seamounts, hydrothermal vents and a multitude of other ecosystems that shelter strange and mysterious creatures found nowhere else on Earth. But this extraordinarily rich and fragile deep-sea life is under threat from a range of human economic activities. Those posing the greatest direct current or imminent physical threat are fishing practices - the most destructive being deep-sea bottom trawling - and deep-seabed mining.

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) was founded in 2004 to address the issue of bottom trawling on the high seas, in the absence of an effective regime for the management of deep-sea fisheries on the high seas and in response to international concerns over the harmful impacts of deep-sea bottom trawling. Working with scientists, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and numerous governments, the DSCC has effectively and consistently targeted the United Nations General Assembly and other international fora to call for action.

From the beginning, the DSCC has focused on two overarching goals:

to substantially reduce the greatest threats to life in the deep seas; and
to safeguard the long-term health, integrity, and resilience of deep-sea ecosystems.
Our objective is to protect vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems and conserve deep-sea species, recognizing important precedents set for wider ocean conservation.

Today more than 70 organizations worldwide are working together under the umbrella of the DSCC to protect cold-water corals and vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems. The DSCC is:

calling for states to honor their commitments made at the United Nations General Assembly to protect deep-sea species and ecosystems on the high seas from the harmful impacts of fishing;
calling on the European Parliament and the Council of EU Fisheries Ministers to adopt a strong new regulation for the management of deep-sea fishing in the Northeast Atlantic; and
calling on the International Seabed Authority to put in place precautionary measures, including no-mining areas, comprehensive systems of protected areas, and the application of the best available science and management practices.