Research by marine biologists from Wageningen University has shown that feeding on zooplankton by scleractinian corals has been greatly underestimated.
|The bottom line - presented by Sigourney Weaver|
|Written by Tim Wijgerde|
This short Greenpeace documentary presented by Sigourney Weaver discusses the disastrous impacts of deep sea trawling. This fishing method is currently employed by many fishing companies, and is wreaking havoc amongst deep coral reefs. These ecosystems are of vital importance to many species of marine fish. Their splendour is unnoticed yet unmistakable. The corals which form the backbone of these ecosystems grow very slowly, which is why the recovery of such reefs may take hundreds of years.
Although the international political community has introduced new laws in 2006 aimed at protecting these marine areas, deep sea fishing continues to destroy the fragile life inhabiting the ocean floor. Watch this compelling video about yet another troubling human acitivity.