The conservation value of European deep-sea habitats

A discussion on the value of conserving deep-sea habitats, ahead of the proposed EU ban on deep-sea trawling.

The deep-sea floor is a critical component of the marine ecosystem. Habitats formed by animals such as corals and sponges support high biological diversity; however damaging fishing practices are allowed to take place in some of the most fragile regions. This meeting will present recent research on deep-sea environments and showcase diverse and vulnerable habitats around the UK and the North-East Atlantic. The deep sea is a logistically challenging environment to study and research is limited by the remoteness and expense of dedicated cruises. Talks will provide a valuable insight into these often-overlooked ecosystems and their benefits, including their value in removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. Speakers will highlight recent conservation efforts to protect these areas, including the proposed EU ban on deep-sea trawling.


David Bailey, University of Glasgow
The effects of deep water fishing on fish assemblages

Claire Armstrong, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Valuing cold-water corals

Clive Trueman, University of Southampton
Carbon capture and storage roles of fish ecosystems on the continental slope

Matt Gianni, Co-founder, Political and Policy Advisor, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
The politics of protecting the deep-sea from the harmful impacts of fisheries: Are the EU’s Fisheries Ministries up to the task?

Chaired by Chris Yesson, ZSL

See agneda and talk abstracts: PDF icon Agenda and abstracts - deep sea - 13 October 2015 (372.75 KB)

Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.
  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo.  See map
  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274
  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


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