Gill Netting, Conservation Zones and ‘Blue’ Economies

Written by on April 22, 2013 in Marine Life

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Collecting carp from a gill net.

Collecting carp from a gill net. Photo credit: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via photopin cc.

Horror catch leads to calls to ban ‘barbaric’ fishing practice

Check out this interesting and thoughtful article about one man who is calling for an outright ban on gill netting. Gill netting is still a fairly common fishing method used by commercial fishermen around the world. It involves setting vertical panels of nets in the water with holes just big enough so that a fish can swim through the net, but when it tries to back out the net gets caught behinds its gills.

Marine report tells cautionary tale for Scottish Government

A new reports says the plans for marine conservation zones in English waters are unclear . The report authors note that Defra “shifted the goalposts” during the decision-making process in regards to the level of scientific evidence required, “which undermined public confidence in the MCZs.”

No green economy without blue economy, says FAO

UN Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva told ministers from the Pacific Islands that their efforts to fight climate change and end hunger will depend on several factors including “wise use of oceans and fisheries.” He notes that there cannot be a ‘green economy’ without a ‘blue economy’ — one that would make the sustainable development of oceans and fishery resouces a priority.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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