United Nations policymakers are meeting to discuss the impacts of bottom-trawling, the fishing method that relies on nets attached to metal plates that scrape and ruin the ocean bottom. Nothing in the path of trawling plates can escape. The catch is pulled aboard and picked through. What’s not wanted is tossed overboard, resulting in tremendous waste.
The US has already banned bottom-trawling in its waters. But a petition is online to stop the practice in the Pacific Islands and elsewhere, comparing it to forest clear-cutting.
We’ve compared fishing methods before, and rest assured: All albacore caught by F/V St Jude is hook and line.