Over the past weeks and months, Greenpeace have been campaigning around the issues of Supertrawlers in our oceans. Despite being designated as ‘protected’, there are many areas of seabed that are being ploughed by industrial bottom trawlers (with increasing regularity), putting these ecosystems at risk.
Dogger Bank has been identified as a vital location in need of protection, as it is one of the most ecologically important marine areas in the UK. Greenpeace have thus successfully established an underwater barrier in the Dogger Bank, using inert natural granite boulders. This ‘Bottom Trawling Exclusion Zone’ seeks to prevent further damage to the seabed.
Passing vessels are being warned of the location of each boulder, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have also been informed so that they are accurately mapped on marine charts.
I am honoured to join MPs from across the political spectrum in supporting this action. Evidence of our support (with our names written in natural chalk) is now on one of the boulders headed for the seabed, forming part of the underwater barrier that seeks to protect Dogger bank from such destructive industrial fishing practises.
You can find out more about this action here: