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12 May 2021 16:41:10

Seabed trawling releases more carbon than the pre-Covid global aviation industry

Posted: 18 Mar 2021

New Zealand environment campaigners are calling for the fisheries minister to take urgent action after a study by 26 researchers from across the globe was published yesterday.

It calculated that bottom trawling, a practice where fishing boats drag weighted nets along the seabed to scoop up fish, created a gigatonne of carbon emissions per year – or 1 billion metric tonnes.  This releases more carbon in a year than the pre-Covid global aviation industry, according to new research.  Read more here.