Hopes Brighten for Curb on Damaging Ocean Fishing

Publication: The Christian Science Monitor

Author: Peter N. Spotts

08/25/2006 - Less than 1 percent of the world's commercial fish catch comes from trawling the ocean floor of the high seas.But the environmental impact is large - so large that many countries ban or severely restrict the practice within their territorial waters. This week, an international effort to curb bottom-trawling on the open ocean got a significant boost. In a letter to US negotiators at the United Nations on Monday, a top State Department official set out Washington's unambiguous support for a halt to the practice "until such time as conservation and management measures are adopted."

Article quotes Josh Reichert. Enacting the moratorium "would be a very big deal," says Joshua Reichert, who heads the environment program at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia.

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