French supermarkets told deep sea fish are NOT sustainable

One of France’s biggest supermarket chains has been claiming the deep sea fish species it sells are sustainable even though they’re caught by enormously destructive bottom trawlers. A landmark ruling today bans the chain from making any further claims along these lines. It’s hoped that the decision will help put an end to practice of deep sea fishing in Europe by embarrassing the supermarket and raising awareness about the impact of these fisheries. According to ICES the French and other EU deep sea fisheries are 100% “outside safe biological limits”.

Here’s Matthew Gianni from the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, talking to oceansinc.

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