"Stop the rape of our fisheries and oceans, once and for all."
Prime Minister Paul Martin, May 2005
statement, the Federal Government has yet to recognize the most damaging human activity to the sea floor.
Bottom trawling (dragging) has been compared to
clearcutting the ocean floor.
Steel plates and heavy rollers are dragged across the seabed, ploughing
up everything in their path. Huge nets haul up tonnes of coral, sponges
and other sea – life which are thrown back dead or dying – all to catch
just one or two commercially valuable types of fish. In a matter of
weeks, bottom trawl fishing can destroy what took many thousands of
years to create.
There are alternatives
– fish can be caught without destroying habitat.
The Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society
are bringing a bottom trawling net from the East Coast to Parliament Hill from October 14th to October 21st to present their message to the Canadian Government that bottom dragging is the most destructive fishing gear type.
The Canadian Government must take immediate action to
habitat as well as rare and threatened corals and sponges from bottom
trawling in Canadian waters. Canada must also support a UN moratorium
on bottom trawling on the high seas.
Join scientists, conservationists, and fishermen for one or all of the following events along our Canadian Drag Net Tour:
Friday October 14
th, 11am – 4pm: Spring Garden Library, Kick off event
Dal Tech Auditorium, across from Library – Multimedia Presentation: "Deep Sea Life, Dragging and Alternatives"
Monday, Oct. 17th: Market Square.
Tuesday, Oct. 18th:
See website for location updates. Conservationists and fishermen available for discussion. Net available for photography.
Wednesday, Oct 19th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
: Parliament Hill: Information event, display and Multimedia presentation
Thurs, Oct. 20th, 7pm:
University of Ottawa. Rm 142 Complex residentielle
Multimedia Presentation and panel discussion.
Volunteers wanted for the Ottawa event – please call Gina at (902) 453-6433 or (902) 426-1871 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.