Deep-sea fish stocks threatened

Date: March 10, 2009

10 March 2009 Commercial fishing in the north-east Atlantic could be harming deep-sea fish populations a kilometre below the deepest reach of fishing trawlers, according to a 25-year study published on Wednesday. Scientists have long known that commercial fishing affects deep-water fish numbers, but its effects appear to be felt twice as deep as previously thought.

Dr David Bailey of the University of Glasgow, who led the study – published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B – said: “Commercial fishing may have wider effects than anyone previously thought, affecting fish which we assumed were safely beyond the range of fishing boats. We were extremely surprised by this result and believe that it has important implications for how we manage the oceans.” Read the full press release from the Natural Environment Research Council

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