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    A new book, published by the British academic Callum Roberts, is scathing of modern fishing practices (and the EU Common Fisheries Policy) and concludes that a radical overhaul of political and scientific emphases is required to ensure a sustainable global seafood resource. Firstly, intensive fishing methods such as trawling, dredging, and longlines are decimating the oceans by irrevocably undermining the food chain apex, and only the use of gillnets will balance the requirements of fishermen and the environments. Also, a network of interconnected marine protected areas, covering at least 10%, but ideally 35% of global waters is necessary to allow fish populations to rebound, with overspill populations replenishing non-protected fishing grounds. Finally, consumers must play their role by only purchasing sustainable species in supermarkets (the Irish Wildlife Trust gives a colour-coded guide for this country, but this is not mentioned in the book).
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    Common sense = not likely to happen with so many vested interests making a quick $ from the current state of affairs.
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    An excellent documentary on the subject, if you can get your hands on it.
    The End of the Line Trailer - YouTube
    Will leave you in no doubt of the dangers involved.

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    The phrase "plenty more fish in the sea" is nearing the end of its useful life. Mind you, people increasingly look like jellyfish too.
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