To keep our oceans healthy, we need to use fishing methods that keep fish stocks sturdy and protect other marine creatures. Sadly, industrial fleets have been overfishing and using gear that destroys marine life. Protecting our oceans means making huge changes in the way we catch our fish.
By The Maritime Executive Bottom trawls are large nets that industrial fishing vessels drag along the seabed. They capture everything including deep-sea corals and sponge beds and non-target fish species which can be dumped back into the ocean.
Certain types of fishing methods destroy or damage the seafloor habitats where fishes and many other seafloor animals live. Among all the fishing methods, bottom trawling, which involves dragging a large net across the sea floor, is the most destructive to our oceans. To protect ocean ecosystems from bottom trawling, Marine Conservation Institute has been a world leader in providing solutions to policymakers in the US and abroad.
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Bottom trawling for fish stirs up billowing plumes of sediment that can be seen from space and destroys entire seafloor ecosystems, new imagery reveals. The technique, used all over the world, is a way to catch fish in deeper parts of the ocean with huge, deep nets, now that many near-shore fish populations have been virtually wiped out from over-fishing. Several studies have shown the significant impact that trawling has on ecosystems, killing corals, sponges, fish and other animals.
Fishing boats drag large nets across the sea floor, scooping up seafood from shrimp to squid. But in addition to their harvesting of intended species, many trawls indiscriminately capture non-target species, like sea turtles, which are discarded. Trawling crushes or destroys the seafloor habitat that feeds and shelters marine life; the nets literally scrape the mud off the ocean bottom.
Deep-sea trawling can include bycatch and harm coral, so some activists want it banned. Long before it lands on a restaurant menu, Chilean sea bass takes quite a journey to arrive on land. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization tries to keep tabs on bottom trawling, which rakes in juvenile fish and lots of other ocean species that are not the desired catch, depleting future fish stocks.
Trawling is a method of fishing that involves pulling a fishing net through the water behind one or more boats. The net that is used for trawling is called a trawl. The boats that are used for trawling are called trawlers or draggers.
Bottom trawling is trawling towing a trawlwhich is a fishing net along the sea floor. It is also referred to as "dragging". The scientific community divides bottom trawling into benthic trawling and demersal trawling. Benthic trawling is towing a net at the very bottom of the ocean and demersal trawling is towing a net just above the benthic zone.