Why Green MEPs backed the ban on pulse fishing

European Interest

Published: 18th January 2018

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Key quotes:

“Pulse fishing is not the only destructive form of fishing. But we should not be looking to substitute one bad technology with another; we need to work at phasing out all destructive methods of fishing. We should also be applying the precautionary principle to prevent expansion of untested technologies and using scientific evidence to assess how harmful pulse fishing or any other technique is on fish and the marine environment.

“But discussions about different fishing techniques and fishing gear are actually a bit of a distraction from the important debate we need to have about how we end overfishing, preserve and increase our fish stocks, protect our vital marine environment and deliver truly sustainable fisheries management that benefits coastal fishing communities.”