The United Nations will not act this year to limit high seas bottom trawling, thanks to opposition from fishing nations led by Iceland.
The proposal was to ban bottom trawling in unregulated high seas areas, which include some 60% of ocean waters. The proposal was designed to protect vulnerable habitats such as seamounts and long-lived deep sea fish such as orange roughy and blobfish.
This failure isn't the end, international conservation action is always slow and progress made this year can be used to elevate the issue and spur future action.
Iceland led the fishing nations that harpooned the ban, and now some are proposing a boycott of Iceland for resuming whaling and also for blocking the bottom trawling ban.