New perspectives on an old fishing practice: Scale, context and impacts of bottom trawling
Daniel Steadman, John B. Thomas, Vanessa Rivas Villanueva, Forrest Lewis, Daniel Pauly, M.L. Deng Palomares, Nicolas Bailly, Max Levine, John Virdin, Steve Rocliffe, Tom Collinson
Steadman, D. et al. "New perspectives on an old fishing practice: Scale, context and impacts of bottom trawling." 2021.
This report seeks to provide new perspectives on this historical controversy by presenting the most up-to date synthesis of available data and evidence on bottom trawling’s extent, impacts, and solutions in order to inform constructive policy-making. Specifically, it uses novel data analysis from Sea Around Us to map the global extent of bottom trawling; a synthesis of peer-reviewed literature to elucidate environmental, social, and climate impacts; and insights from more than 40 global experts on what a constructive future might look like that manages or severely limits the worst impacts of this practice, while also ensuring a just and equitable society and a healthy food system.