Licence to trawl at-risk species

Date: November 20, 2016

Source: The Sunday Times

The government has been criticised for agreeing to allow trawlers to target an endangered deep-sea fish off the west coast. The roundnose grenadier was listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in its first red list of European marine fish species, published last year.

 The roundnose grenadier is listed as an endangered speciesUnder an agreement made on Monday between EU member states, Ireland will be permitted to catch 199 tons of the fish. Scientists estimate that it has declined by up to 99.6% in some parts of the Atlantic and could vanish by the middle of the century. The collapse of stocks is attributed to deep-sea fishing by trawlers equipped with sophisticated technology. 

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