Welcome   Sponsored By
Subscribe | Register | Advertise | Newsletter | About us | Contact us
   


A bottom trawler operating in the waters near Dogger Bank waters in the North Sea.(Image: © Greenpeace)

Opinion: Can bottom trawling ever be sustainable?

WORLDWIDE
Sunday, May 26, 2024, 18:00 (GMT + 9)

The following is an excerpt from an article published by Dialogue Earth:
 
 
Environmentalists are celebrating a Greek ban on bottom trawling and urging other nations to follow. Some scientists fear unintended consequences.
 
Bottom trawling has long attracted controversy over its environmental impact. As long ago as the 1880s, complaints from line fishers in the UK resulted in an inquiry into claims it reduced fish stocks and damaged habitat.
 
The fishing method involves boats dragging weighted cone-shaped nets across the seabed to capture fish and other species such as shrimp that live on or close to it. These nets can be huge, up to 240 metres wide, according to campaigners.
 
Concerns about the environmental impact of fishing largely revolve around overfishing, damage to habitats, and accidental ‘bycatch’ of non-target species including seabirds and mammals. Bottom trawling is the only method of fishing conclusively linked to all three problems, according to a 2021 report from organisations including the Blue Ventures conservation group and Fauna and Flora International, which oppose the practice in protected areas.
 
Greek ban energises opponents
 
Bottom trawling is globally mainstream, responsible for a quarter of all wild-caught seafood. Many campaign organisations celebrated when Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced this month at the Our Ocean conference in Athens that the practice would be banned in the country’s national marine parks by 2026 and across all its protected ocean areas by 2030.
 
“We didn’t expect it from Greece – this shows that they have leadership on marine issues, taking the space of countries like France, Germany or Spain that would normally be more progressive on these issues, but are failing,” says Nicolas Fournier, campaign director for marine protection at the Oceana NGO. “Greece has a very large trawling fleet, so this is a tangible commitment for them, not low-hanging fruit.”
 
According to the Greek government, there are 247 trawling boats in Greece. Affected communities will be financially compensated, with payments from offshore wind farms flagged as a potential source. So far, the government has not released many details of the ban, which will eventually cover 32% of its waters. This is leaving fishers in the dark as to the exact impact on their livelihoods, Stefanos Kalogirou, a fisheries researcher at the Agricultural University of Athens says.

Protected areas a flashpoint for debate
 
The Greek announcement has added fuel to the fire of debate in Europe. The European Commission – the European Union’s main executive body – wants bottom trawling in protected areas phased out under its 2023 marine action plan, in line with existing EU legislation that says protected areas should not be subjected to bottom-towed fishing gear.
 
So far, Greece is the only EU member state that has announced a ban.
 
 
The Our Ocean conference in Athens (Image: ΝΕΑ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ, CC BY-NC)
 
Oceana is campaigning for the commission to take tougher action on countries that still allow bottom trawling in protected areas. In April, along with other anti-trawling NGOs, it published research showing that the practice is currently allowed in 90% of offshore EU marine protected areas (MPAs). The majority of EU countries have missed a 31 March 2024 deadline to set out national roadmaps for phase outs.
 
The debate has become hugely politicised. France has launched a dispute with the UK at EU level after the British government’s move in March to ban bottom trawling in 13 of its protected areas covering around 4,000 square kilometres. French trawlers have operated in these areas in the past and the French government complains that the move breaches an agreement on trade and cooperation the UK made when it left the EU.
 
Charles Clover, executive director of the Blue Marine Foundation, argues the ban applies to both UK and French vessels, meaning that [the ban] is allowed under the agreement. “It’s a huge mess in Europe because they haven’t been obeying their own law for 40 years. It’s all become totally chaotic and quite nasty,” he says.
 
The European Bottom Fishing Alliance has strongly condemned the idea of banning its members’ 7,000 vessels from MPAs en masse, arguing that any bans should be done case-by-case and based on the best available science, not through what it calls “a parody of political debate driven by NGOs and activists”.
 
It claims that the sector has become more sustainable by using technologies to reduce bycatch and fuel consumption. It says it has helped to identify the most vulnerable areas that need to be closed, while finding those where it should still be allowed to operate. A blanket ban in European MPAs would weaken the EU’s food security, and result in greater imports from areas of the world where it has no control over sustainability, it warns. [continues....]
 
Author: Catherine Early | Read the full article by clicking the link here

This article represents the criteria of the person who signs it. The opinion articles published do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of this medium. Fish Info & Services is an independent media, open to the opinions of its readers. If you want to publish contact us info@seafood.media

Related news:

editorial@seafood.media
www.seafood.media


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Canada
Jun 17, 06:00 (GMT + 9):
Shell processing plant suspends operation, 20 staff laid off
Norway
Jun 17, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
VARD hosts a christening ceremony for the third VARD 8 02 design stern trawler
Canada
Jun 17, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
Mass mortality event kills hundreds of tonnes of B.C. farmed salmon
United States
Jun 17, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
ACT Capital Launches Seafood Sector Advisory Practice
Peru
Jun 17, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
PRODUCE Sets Quota of 740 Tons for Octopus in the Northern Region
Argentina
Jun 17, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
Shrimp and Squid, Main Topics of the CFP
United States
Jun 17, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
Statistics │ Import│ Fresh-frozen salmon │ Chile, Canada, Norway and China │ 2022-23-24
Japan
Jun 17, 00:40 (GMT + 9):
2024 | Prices | Farmed Coho Salmon | Miyagi | until June 11
Japan
Jun 17, 00:30 (GMT + 9):
Statistics │ Domestic consuption variation │ Fresh and salted Salmon │ 2022-23-24
Japan
Jun 17, 00:30 (GMT + 9):
Sales retail prices │ Salmon | Tokyo (2021-2024)
United States
Jun 17, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Crab Import-export (NMSF) | Prices and volumes │ Apr 2023-24
United States
Jun 17, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
Export│Frozen Atka Mackerel│Volumes and prices: Japan, Korea and China | 2022-23-24
Spain
Jun 17, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | La Voz de Galicia: The tuna gets naked on the big screen
Spain
Jun 17, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | EuropaAzul: The French Basque purse seine fleet included among those that must respect a ban to protect cetaceans
Norway
Jun 17, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | The Fishing Daily: Norway Announces New Regulations for Snow Crab Fishing Permits



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
The price of oil
Peru Fishing and aquaculture for human consumption, those invisible arts to feed the world, have suffered for centuries in our country from enormous neglect by official entities, which keep them relegated,...
Vietnamese canned tuna increases market share in the US
Viet Nam Vietnam's canned tuna exports continue to grow rapidly in the first months of 2024. In April 2024 alone, canned tuna exports to this market increased by 127 %, reaching more than 10 million USD. A...
Indian Ocean squid price index: Flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii)
China In order to continuously enhance the ability to control squid resources and price influence, and conduct more accurate resource assessment and forecasting, the China Ocean Fisheries Association&n...
GSA Releases Outline of the Responsible Seafood Summit 2024 Conference Program
United Kingdom Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) has announced the release of an outline of its highly anticipated Responsible Seafood Summit conference program for 2024. Set to take place in October in St Andrews,...
 

Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation - Headquarters
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim ehf (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Grupo Pereira Headquarters
Costa Meeresspezialitäten GmbH & Co. KG
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) - Headquarters
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2024 Seafood Media Group Ltd.| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER