NGOs demand action not promises as EU accused of ‘failing to protect seas’

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Environmental groups propose urgent plan to stop overfishing and safeguard marine life, as existing laws go unenforced

A coalition of NGOs is calling for an urgent ban on destructive bottom trawling in EU marine protected areas, after the failure of member states to defend seas.

The ban is part of a 10-point action plan to “raise the bar” to achieve biodiversity targets, which they say will not be met by current promises, such as last year’s high-profile pledge by world leaders at the UN summit on biodiversity in New York to reverse nature loss by 2030.

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