High and Deep Seas
The high and deep seas cover half the surface area of our planet, are home to untold diversity of life, and act as a critical support system for all life on earth. They are under serious threat from overfishing, destructive fishing, and new activities like deep seabed mining. Despite this, protection of the high and deep seas is drastically underfunded, and their importance is overlooked. Our High and Deep Seas Programme supports and promotes effective action, including work on EU fisheries policy, on global regulation through the United Nations and on research and campaigning, in major areas where intervention is urgently needed to protect habitats and species in the forgotten reaches of the ocean.