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New Study Puts Hard Numbers on Impacts of Bottom Trawling

New Study Puts Hard Numbers on Impacts of Bottom Trawling

Roughly a fifth of all fish eaten globally are caught using nets towed along the bottom of the ocean. There’s long been concern that this method – known as trawling – destroys or severely damages the ecosystems where it’s used. Now, a new meta-analysis of the science available on this topic offers some quantification of the impacts of different type of trawls. Previous studies have found that the mud plumes from some trawls can be seen from space , and that “bottom trawling related to commercial

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