They even voted down amendments to the new Fisheries Bill which would have banned supertrawlers from fishing in our protected areas. “Allowing bottom trawling in a protected area established to protect the seabed is equivalent to allowing bulldozers to plough through a protected forest. Granite boulders were dropped at select locations covering 50 square miles Doggerbank/ Nordsee, 22. if (contextNames.indexOf(arguments[0]) !== -1) { Just 36% of the UK’s waters are covered by MPAs, but most of these are little more than paper parks, lines drawn on a map with no tangible protection. Greenpeace said that it has found 11 large fishing vessels operating in the Dogger Bank marine protected area with their automatic identification … The views expressed in the articles published on this site may not necessarily reflect those of the trust, its trustees or its staff. It is ridiculous that Greenpeace is being forced to take action to protect UK MPAs from destructive fishing. A third sculpted boulder was placed on the doorstep of DEFRA at the same time, to send a message to the Environment Secretary George Eustice that he couldn’t ignore. They also conveniently forget to mention or address the illegal and destructive activity of so many of their vessels in the Dogger Bank. Greenpeace uses non-violent creative action to pave the way towards a greener, more peaceful world, and to confront the systems that threaten our environment. //