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Bottom Trawling Threatens Deep Sea Ecosystems, Studies Say

Cod trapped in a trawler net

Cod trapped on the net of an Estonian trawler in the port of Wladyslawowo, Southern Baltic Proper, Poland. (Photo: Oceana / LX)

Cod, flounder, and halibut make delicious seafood, but they’re often not sustainably harvested. In fact, they’re likely caught with one of the most destructive types of fishing gear: bottom trawls. These large, heavy nets are dragged across large areas of seafloor, and inevitably clear-cut everything in their path.

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