Toko telo COP26 Special: Bottom trawling and a zero-carbon future: what needs to change?
Monday 8th November 2021 | 14:00-15:30 Glasgow | 17:00- 18:30 Antananarivo | 21:00 – 22:30 Jakarta | 09:00 – 10:30 New York
Small-scale fishers and environmental groups have long criticised bottom trawling for its negative impact on coastal fisheries and ecosystems. Emerging research suggests that bottom trawling’s impacts extend beyond seabed damage and overfishing and include significant contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions. If current estimates are correct, then bottom trawling may be one of the most carbon-intensive methods of producing food. In this special COP26 panel discussion, a global panel of experts will explore bottom trawling’s place in a zero-carbon future.
The session aims to:
- Present current research on the contribution of bottom trawling to the climate crisis and its broader social and ecological impacts
- Explore the impacts of bottom trawling restrictions in West Africa and Belize in Central America and present opportunities for bottom trawling management in Europe
- Facilitate cross-sector learning by discussing approaches to bottom trawling management in diverse global geographies
- Discuss policies that exist or could be developed to mitigate the impact of bottom trawling on coastal fisheries, ecosystems, and the climate