What Is Pulse Fishing?

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) met last month to vote on a new set of rules regulating the fisheries industry across the EU, including a controversial amendment to outlaw the practice of pulse fishing. What exactly is this method? Why has it been banned? And is the prohibition justified? EnviroTech investigates.

The conventional method of trawling is known as beam trawling and involves attaching lengthy beams to each end of a fishboat. A net is spun between these two supports and heavy chains weigh the net down to the bottom of the ocean, dragging it along the seabed. This has the dual purpose of keeping the net open and disturbing marine life on the ocean floor, thus forcing it into the net.

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