The EU comes to the aid of fragile marine ecosystems
Bottom fishing gears damage vulnerable marine ecosystems in the high seas. The EU has already taken measures to protect deep sea corals and other vulnerable habitats in European waters in the Atlantic, off the west coast of Scotland, and in waters around the Canary, Azores and Madeira Islands, in the Mediterranean. However, EU fleets operate throughout the world's oceans. We are therefore proposing a precautionary approach to protect vulnerable habitats throughout the high seas.