Thursday, June 09, 2005

Bulldozing Windsor Castle to take a photo of Prince Charles

Greenpeace have posted this week this spectacular photo on the Blog of their Rainbow Warrior deep sea biodiversity expedition in the Tasman Sea. Taken by a Fisheries observer on board a New Zealand bottom trawler, it shows a piece of gorgonian coral bigger than the two men trying to untangle it from the net.

Gorgornian coral of that size are about 500 years old. Riping them apart with a bottom trawl is equivalent to bulldozing Windsor Castle to take a picture of Prince Charles. Or worst (especially if you are a fish).

The Greenpeace deep sea biodiversity also contains daily posts from their team in New York at this week's United Nations Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea where the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition made up of over 40 NGOs is struggling to maintain momentum for the proposed UN General Assembly moratorium on high seas bottom trawling.

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