Un ours blanc sur la banquise en Arctique

The news has made little noise and yet it is a real relief for all advocates of the preservation of the marine ecosystems of which we are part,  passionate divers of the seas and oceans.

A moratorium was voted on November 30 on industrial fishing in the central Arctic.

It had been several months since Tesco and McDonald’s, giants of the food industry had already accepted a moratorium on the extension of the cod fishery in this region of the globe. Large consumers of fish sticks in particular, they have thus privileged a choice associating their brand image with a major environmental concern.

Today, after long years of negotiations and a major awareness of the urgency of preserving the Arctic and its incredible wealth of biodiversity, the defenders of this wonderful region are relieved.

In fact, while the previous summers saw the ice cap shrinking, giving trawlers the opportunity to throw their nets into these previously ice-protected areas, the urgency was to keep intact this sanctuary hosting hundreds of species of fish.

Voted by all countries bordering the Arctic (United States, Canada, Faroe Islands, Denmark, Norway and Russia) and other industrial fishing nations (European Union, Iceland, but also China, Japan and South Korea ), this moratorium provides for a protected area of ​​fishing with a radius of 200 km from the North pole.

Although it is sad to note that it took more than 5 years to reach the decision not to empty this incredible global marine species reserve, we must be happy with this excellent news, which has almost gone unnoticed.

Nevertheless, let us hope on the one hand that this moratorium, planned for 16 years, will be able to perpetuate itself in a definitive ban on industrial fishing in the Arctic. On the other hand, it could inspire Greenpeace (very active in this action) and the other actors behind this moratorium to renew the initiative in other parts of the world, to the delight of nature.

Because divers from all over the world are sensitive to the beauty and fragility of this wonderful marine life that welcomes us for our greatest pleasure.

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Helene

A whale under a boat

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