Endangered Oceans

Should we ban bottom trawling to protect deep sea ecology?

Deep Sea Trawling is...

  • A heavy net the size of a football field dragged across an ocean floor
  • down more than a mile deep
  • used to get fish like cod and haddock (targeted)
  • picks up much more and destroys the ocean floor
Deep sea trawling is one of the most harmful ways to fish. This method has been banned in many countries but still continues to be a problem around the world. Many times, animals are swept up on accident causing harm or in extreme cases death.
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Dangers

Effects of deep sea trawling are...

  • can kill endangered animals
  • throw overboard harmed creature letting them suffer
  • destroys coral- takes a long time to grow back
  • makes water muddy
  • creates over fished areas
  • can make species endangered

Benifits

Benefits of deep sea trawling

  • able to get large sums of fish
  • able to get fish on bottom
  • increases availability for food
  • can boost fish population
  1. by fostering conditions best for most fish
  • makes fish cheaper to buy

Animals that got hurt from trawling

A graph of overall methods and how much they have killed

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Final thoughts

I believe that deep sea trawling should be banned, despite the benefits that can come from it. It is very harmful to our already endangered oceans and could create even more of a problem. Some of the harmful effects of trawling are; killing already endangered oceans,over fished areas, and natural habitats are destroyed.

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