The decline in fish catches threatens the ability of the 128 coastal communities spread along El Salvador’s 320-kilometre-long Pacific coast to feed themselves.
In their view, the blame lies squarely on trawling, practised for decades by large shrimp boats that drag their nets across the bottom of the sea, gathering along the way species other than the intended catch and very young specimens that have not yet matured…
Mega Trawlers Emptying African Seas
West African waters have been subject to overfishing for decades, the effects of which are being felt by protesting local communities. Greenpeace protests against EU subsidised plunder of West African Waters, with level of fishing that is completely unsustainable. Trawlers have a disastrous impact with their ability to make massive catches in an area with already declining fish stocks, destroying both African fisheries and the local fishing industry.
People Power Wins: Super Trawler Banned, Australia
In a huge victory against the plunder of our oceans, the Australian Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced new laws that will ban the Margiris super trawler, from operating in Australian waters for up to two years.