The new economics foundation (nef) today released a study that shows how deep sea trawling is too much of a cost to pay.

 

The new economics foundation (nef) today released a study that shows how deep sea trawling is too much of a cost to pay.

For each tonne of fish caught by deep-sea bottom trawling in the North-East Atlantic a cost of between €388 and €494 is imposed on our society, while providing among the lowest number of jobs sustained per tonne of fish.

These calculations are conservative as they do not include costs of impacts on deep-sea ecosystems, even though there is clear scientific evidence that deep-sea bottom trawling is among the most destructive fishing activities with regard to deep-sea fish stocks and vulnerable marine ecosystems. Even so, they clearly show that this is one of the economically most detrimental activities going on in the deep-sea.

The EU is currently revising its regulation on deep-sea fisheries, and the Commission had proposed an ambitious plan in July 2012, including a phase-out of deep-sea bottom trawling. Unfortunately, such a phase-out was voted down by the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament in the beginning of November this year.

It is now up to the plenary meeting of the parliament to acknowledge the pressing economic and environmental arguments, and re-install the phase-out when they vote on the parliament decision on deep sea fisheries on 10th December.

click here for the nef report "Deep Trouble’"

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