“A growing number of voices are calling for an end to what has been described as ‘the worst fishing technique in the world’, bottom trawling. They are also calling for a profound transformation of this sector, even though around a quarter of the fish consumed in the world are caught using this method, which causes serious damage to the seabed.”
“The economic stakes are partly to blame for the lack of progress in regulating the practice. In a bid to find solutions, the Transform Bottom Trawling Coalition, which brings together small-scale fishers, seafood companies, environmentalists and scientists, has launched a four point call to action to try to limit the environmental and social impacts of bottom trawling.
The coalition is calling on all coastal states to establish, expand and strengthen inshore exclusion zones (IEZs), where all bottom trawling is banned and only small-scale fishers have exclusive access. “Conflicts emerge when bottom trawlers and small-scale fishers operate in the same area,” says Tom Collinson of the Transform Bottom Trawling Coalition.”
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