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Greenpeace UK drops large boulders on seabed to prevent industrial fishing

LondonEdited By: Manas JoshiUpdated: Sep 02, 2022, 06:50 PM IST
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A picture shows a flag at the headquarters of the NGO Greenpeace. Photograph:(AFP)

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The boulders were dropped from the group's Arctic Sunrise research vessel in South West Deeps (East) Conservation Zone. The conservation zone is 190 kilometres away off Land's End, the most westerly point of mainland England

Greenpeace UK said on Friday (September 2) that it had dropped large boulders on seabed in marine coservation zone to prevent industrial fishing. The environmental group said that total of 18 boulders were dropped off the coast of southwest England.

The environmental campaigners sailed to the western part of the Channel between the UK and France, loaded with the boulders of Portland limestone, each weighing between 500 and 1,400 kilograms (1,100 and 3,100 pounds). 

The boulders were dropped from the group's Arctic Sunrise research vessel in South West Deeps (East) Conservation Zone. The conservation zone is 190 kilometres away off Land's End, the most westerly point of mainland England

"We are placing large limestone boulders on the seabed to create a protective underwater barrier which will put the area off limits to destructive fishing," Anna Diski, UK oceans campaigner, told AFP on board.

The action would make it "impossible for them to drag the heavy fishing gear along the seabed, destroying the habitat and disturbing the carbon", she added.

Artists created a giant ammonite sculpture -- inspired by the fossil often found in Portland limestone -- out of one of the boulders, which was also placed on the seabed.

The names of the action's celebrity backers and supportive politicians were also inscribed on the rocks.

"Right now, there's an industrial fishing frenzy happening in UK waters, and what's our government doing about it?" asked Greenpeace UK's head of oceans, Will McCallum.

"Greenpeace UK has created this underwater boulder barrier as a last resort to protect the oceans. We'd much rather the government just did their job." 

(With inputs from agencies)

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