July 2020 Sarah Dolman,  Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society – Wildlife & Countryside Link Blog The biggest killer of dolphins and porpoises in the seas of Europe is accidental entanglement in fishing nets. Known as bycatch, many thousands meet this unnecessary and frankly horrific death every year. So I was delighted when the European Commission announced action to […]

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Gillnet fisheries have a notoriously high bycatch rate and so this research may have profound implications for reducing that.  An illuminating idea to reduce bycatch in the Peruvian small-scale gillnet fishery Abstract   Found in the coastal waters of all continents, gillnets are the largest component of small-scale fisheries for many countries. Numerous studies show that […]

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Open Seas ‘We have published a ‘Discard Dossier’ in collaboration with Our Fish providing evidence that illegal discarding continues in the Scottish prawn (scampi) fishery and is threatening the recovery of our already collapsed fish stocks. Here’s the executive summary: In 2013 the ‘discard ban’ or Landing Obligation was agreed to reduce and record the amount of […]

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The Super-trawler in the English Channel and the developing commentaries (see below) and illustrations have been a stark reminder to a much wider audience about the scale of modern industrial fishing. This note highlights: The sheer size of these super trawlers that simply dwarf any ‘traditional’ trawler. The legality of the quota allocation via the […]

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