Editorial: Blame Iceland, A Tiny Country that Still Hunts Whales Scuttles an Effort to Save the Ocean Bottom

Publication: The Washington Post


12/03/2006 - In a form of fishing known as bottom trawling, huge, weighted nets are dragged across the ocean floor, destroying corals and just about everything else in their path. In U.S. waters, the practice is tightly regulated -- and forbidden in certain environmentally sensitive areas. On much of the high seas, however, it's open season. Delicate ecosystems get ravaged with nobody paying attention. The Bush administration, along with several other governments, has been pushing for a moratorium on unregulated trawling on the high seas. Last month, thanks in large part to Iceland, it failed to get that measure.Read the full article on the Washington Post's Web site.

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