Environmental organizations Seas At Risk and Oceana are urging the EU to ban bottom trawling in its upcoming action plan for the oceans.

The ocean action plan is designed to tackle the impacts of the fishing sector in order to meet the EU’s 2030 biodiversity objectives.

By 2024, the commission will assess whether it is on track to meet its targets or whether stronger actions, including EU legislation, are needed.

Seas At Risk and Oceana argue that bottom trawling can be largely replaced by switching to other fishing gear.