August 2, 2018

Story: Stanford scientists show a controversial trawling ban did not hurt fishing communities


Fishing bans don’t have to hurt fishing communities, according to a new study led by Stanford researchers. The group tracked vessels during a short-lived trawling moratorium in the Adriatic Sea and found that fishers maintained their catch levels by fishing elsewhere. The findings suggest that such bans can protect overfished regions without hurting people’s livelihoods and could influence efforts to protect other sensitive regions.

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Image credit: Ulrich Karlowski 2008 / Marine Photobank