Trawl Impact and Recovery Study
Bottom trawling involves dragging large, weighed nets along the sea bottom. Unfortunately, this practice scours seafloor habitat and traps fish and other creatures not targeted by the fishermen. In some places, it has severely degraded seafloor communities and depleted fish populations.
The Nature Conservancy, NOAA, California State University Monterey Bay, local fishermen partnered with MARE to assess trawling impacts on seafloor habitats and recovery patterns over time. This study was funded by private funds and the California Ocean Protection Council through the State Coastal Conservancy. The study compared the impacts of trawling with untrawled sites and help inform best management practices for sustainable trawling.
Learn more about this study in High Country News, The San Luis Obispo Tribune, on SIMoN, and on The Nature Conservancy’s website.
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