Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Oceanic collateral damage

Most of the fuss about the super trawler that's here to trawl our waters is about the huge catch it's capable of.  It's licensed to take eighteen thousand tonnes of 'mainly' mackeral and red bait fish.

But if the super trawler isn't used, presumably a fleet of smaller boats could be licensed to bring in the same catch.

I think a bigger concern is the so-called 'bycatch'. Like the euphemistic 'collateral damage' used to describe innocent victims of war, 'bycatch' means seals, dolphins, sealions, and many other kinds of fish, which will be caught up in the super trawler's 600 metre long nets.

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