British public backs ban on bottom trawling in protected waters

Date: April 19, 2021

Author: Madaleine Cuff

The British public strongly supports a ban on ‘bottom trawling’ in protected waters, according to a new poll that adds further pressure on ministers to crack down on destructive fishing.  

Bottom trawling sees weighted nets dragged across the sea floor to scoop up fish and other sea life. The practice is rife in UK waters, even those designated as protected habitats. But there is mounting concern the practice threatens the marine life and the seabed’s carbon-storing abilities.   

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