The Victoria Times Colonist Editorial

Make fishing less damaging

December 27, 2008

For generations, bottom trawling has been a way of life for many coastal B.C. fishermen. Yet dragging, as the fishermen themselves refer to it, has come at considerable cost to the ocean floor and to many species of marine life. That’s the conclusion of a report by the Ecology Action Centre, the Living Oceans Society and the Marine Conservation Biology Institute.

The report, titled How We Fish Matters, looked at 13 types of fishing gear and determined that bottom trawling was the worst. It resulted in more bycatch of other species, including non-food creatures such as starfish and coral, and more damage to the environment. On the other hand, diving, harpooning and the use of pots and traps were the least damaging.

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