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EU to ban deep sea trawling

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A bottom trawler in Spain
A bottom trawler in Spain O roxo/Flickr

The European Union is on the brink of a decision to ban deep-sea trawling. But the move faces strong opposition from Europe’s fishing industry. A long-delayed vote in the European parliament is scheduled for 3 October. Marine biologists say that bottom trawling at depths of up to 1,500 metres crushes deep-sea corals and sponges - some of the oldest animals on earth - and kills hundreds of rarely seen species of fish. Kriton Arsenis is trying to push the ban through the EU’s parliament.