Bottom Trawling: Ocean Bulldozing at its Worst

Mar 11 2011

Every year an area of the ocean’s seafloor larger than twice the size of the United States is scraped away into large commercial nets. This practice of bottom trawling is used to boost commercial fishing profits at the expense of the delicate and intricate sea life that makes home on the ocean floor. Trawlers scoop up everything in their path, even fish and other sea organisms that are not intended for commercial sale. Often bycatch can out number kept product by more than ten to one. Check out this disturbing video footage of a bottom trawler in action.

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