Attached is an image taken from a report (details to follow, separate post). This map ONLY depicts the distribution of FISHERIES RESEARCH bottom trawl stations around New Zealand (a couple of vessels over time). I must stress that it DOES NOT DEPICT the COMMERCIAL FISHING bottom-trawl stations around New Zealand; nor does it depict where they have trawled in international waters (outside the 200 mile EEZ), as the industry is not required to report where they are (it appears that they are not accountable to anyone)! The data is also old! The reality is worse. The reality is that the seabed around New Zealand, to 1000 metres depth (in the majority of places), and to 1500 metres depth in a number of places, has been extensively, irreparably impacted. If commercial fishing effort (private sector) data was public domain, and the distribution of their fishing effort was superimposed on that of the fisheries research effort (government-funded fisheries research), then the entire seabed around New Zealand (and a lot of it in international waters) would be black. The reality is that it is too late for New Zealand, for conservation of deep-sea resources/biodiversity. Moreover, the impact on the seabed and benthic communities is absolute, and is not restricted to the area immediately hit by the devastating bottom trawl. Sediment suspended in a deathly congesting plume behind the net smothers everything adjacent to the trawl corridor. In coastal waters we know that sediment deposits as inconsequential as 3mm depth have annihilated seabed communities, if the deposit (a veneer) persists for 4 or more days (we are talking total annihilation). I will post more information soon. It is information like this that sickens me, and the reason that Greenpeace are so active in New Zealand. The fishing industry are perpetuating so many lies; they think that the public are stupid. The problems faced in New Zealand will be being experienced everywhere, any country, where there is a continental shelf that extends offshore. Whatever you do, if you eat fish, ask how it has been caught. If the retailer cannot tell you then don't purchase it. Any fishery (finfish and shellfish) that uses bottom trawling to capture the target species IS having a significant impact on the seabed and associated communities. Don't eat bottom-trawled fish & shellfish species. Sorry for my rant.