Why I joined the Green Party #1 Why are we trawling our seas?


Here’s something I can’t quite get my head around – why (on earth – literally) are we destroying our oceans? Bottom trawling involves dragging huge, heavy nets along the sea floor. Large metal plates and rubber wheels attached to these nets move along the bottom and crush nearly everything in their path. Here’s a Greenpeace video if you don’t know what Bottom Trawling is http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/oceans/problems/bottom-trawling

All evidence indicates that deep water life forms are very slow to recover from such damage, taking decades to hundreds of years – if they recover at all. Are you eating fish that has been taken from the sea as a result of bottom trawling, do you know where your fish comes from? The Green Party has a clear policy on bottom trawling:

MC329 We would press the European Commission to ban bottom trawling, gillnetting and long-lining for deep-sea species in EU waters., either by EU or international fleets. We would promote measures to prohibit destructive deep-sea fishing and would work towards a ban on high seas bottom trawling, and for proper implementation and enforcement under relevant international legislation.

2 Replies to “Why I joined the Green Party #1 Why are we trawling our seas?”

  1. The response of the tory-led coalition has been particularly poor on the environment and especially on fishing and the Marine Conservation (!) Zones, where their pointless procrastination has been appalling. Many more MCZs could have been set up already, while DEFRA is waiting for ‘evidence’.

  2. The party policy only addresses fishing in the deep sea (although this is not defined but I would guess this would not include the continental shelf?). The majority of trawling does not occur in the area but what does occur is very damaging. The majority of trawling occurs in shallow waters down to 200m. Does the party have a policy on this?

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