The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #89291   Message #1684209
Posted By: gnu
03-Mar-06 - 07:06 AM
Thread Name: BS: Sir Paul & the seals
Subject: RE: BS: Sir Paul & the seals
Peace... The big boats are destroying the fish and, hence, the stocks, with their big nets. It's not just that they catch "everything" and dump the cull or turn the junk fish into cat food and fertilizer. The same thing happens even when they catch into a school of the species they are after. The shear mass of fish in these big nets means that, depending on the species, up to 20% of a net can be so badly crushed that it can't be sent to market. In smaller species, this 20% can't even be used in fish sticks. Few large boats can pay for themselves by putting the cull in a hold for fertilizer, so it gets dumped.

Now, let's talk about draggers....