Orange roughy catch in a bottom trawl net. (Photo: Greenpeace nz)
A team of marine scientists is urging an end to most commercial fishing in the deep sea and instead recommending fishing in more productive and local waters. In their analysis published online in the journal Marine Policy, the team shows that all deep-sea fisheries are unsustainable.
Funded mainly by the Lenfest Ocean Programme, the “Sustainability of deep-sea fisheries” study shortly precedes the United Nations meeting where it will be decided whether to continue allowing deep-sea fishing in the high seas.
The scientists explain that deep underwater, food is scarce and life processes happen much slower than near the sea surface.
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