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To: George Eustice MP - Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Ban trawl nets in the UK
Trawl nets should be banned in the UK
Why is this important?
This is important because trawl nets are the most destructive fishing method as they permanently wreck habitats and produce tragic amounts of bycatch.
These nets often operate in kelp forests. These forests contain more CO2 than the average rainforest and therefore are crucial to maintaining the climate. They are also an important habitat for countless species of marine life. These forests are wrecked by the trawl nets which destroy the sea beds for miles. This damage is often permanent and therefore irreparable against the climate.
The nets often produce bycatch as well which can harm the animals we love most, like dolphins and whales. These animals are also crucial to the food chain as they are often apex predators and prevent overpopulation by eating other large animals.
Recently the UK government banned trawl nets in Sussex kelp forests which is good but not far enough. A country-wide ban could greatly help our effort towards helping the planet. The ban would only economically hurt large fishing corporations and therefore continue to allow local fishermen to do their job and even increase catch due to the increased population of fish in the ocean.
Though much less prominent in the UK, trawl fishing is also linked to slavery in places like Thailand which is a clear violation of human rights.
I was inspired to start this petition by the Netflix film, Seaspiracy, which explains this all in much more detail with shocking facts.
This ban could help local fishermen, the climate, animals, and the world.