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Redefining the Fishing Industry

A lack of innovation over the past century has led to damage across many important habitats and corals that fish stocks need in order to recover. These habitats and corals slow the warming of ocean temperatures, so they’re vital to combating climate change. Trawling, particularly bottom trawling, is responsible for a myriad of environmental impacts. Large steel doors keep the net open, while both the doors and the nets drag the bottom to catch the fish. The heavy friction creates the need for larger vessel engines and fuel consumption. 


The current model has led to increasing tensions between industry and the environment. Trawling creates “ghost gear” in our oceans. This happens because the gear is in constant contact with the seabed, giving it a greater chance of getting caught on the bottom. Bottom trawling requires a huge amount of power to move the gear, which leads to high costs and inefficient use of fossil fuels.

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