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Plan to trawl Azores deep sea jewels must be rejected!

June 2003

Join us on a virtual tour to visit flagship species and habitats of the North-East Atlantic and Baltic!


What is this animal going to see? Maybe seamounts - maybe deep-sea fish, maybe hydrothermal vents. The sea around the Azores is full of miracles. Will they be safeguarded for future generations?


Sperm whale diving off in front of Portugal's highest mountain Pico, Azores
Credit: © D. Perrine / Wildlife

In June 2002, WWF honoured the Azorean government and scientists for designating the Lucky Strike and Menez Gwen hydrothermal vents as the first deep sea marine proteted areas in the North-East Atlantic.

Today, WWF, Greenpeace and Seas At Risk are jointly protesting against the EU Fisheries Council's plans to open the Azores Exclusive Economic Zone for industrial trawler fleets from outside the famous archipelago. Read the NGOs' joint press release. At the same time, fisheries nations continue torpedoing the draft OSPAR List of Species and Habitats under Threat and Decline to be adopted at the Ministerial Meeting, as well as important elements of the fisheries chapter of the draft Bremen Ministerial Declaration. Download WWF's briefing.

Update July 2003:
The Azorean Exclusive Fisheries Zone - Special environmental conditions requiring extraordinary management measures (joint Seas At Risk & WWF factsheet)

Update November 2003: Council Regulation (EC) No 1954/2003 of 4 November 2003 on the management of the fishing effort relating to certain Community fishing areas and resources and modifying Regulation (EC) No 2847/93 and repealing Regulations (EC) No 685/95 and (EC) No 2027/95