Image: Greenpeace ship drops boulder
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Greenpeace activists drop a boulder into the ocean off Sweden on Monday.
updated 8/10/2009 5:08:10 PM ET 2009-08-10T21:08:10

Greenpeace says it has started dumping boulders into the North Sea off the Swedish coast to prevent seabed trawling in the area.

The environmental group says it will deposit some 180 large granite rocks in the Kattegat sea area, some 12 miles off the western coast, and has informed regional officials about it.

Greenpeace objects to bottom trawling, dragging a net along the seabed, saying it endangers the marine environment.

It has urged Sweden to reform the European Union's fisheries policy during its six-month presidency of the bloc that began last month.

Agriculture Minister Eskil Erlandsson said Monday that the Greenpeace action was unnecessary because marine protection is already on the EU agenda.

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