Nations To Limit S. Pacific Trawling

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Associated Press

05/05/2007 - More than 20 nations agreed yesterday to discourage unregulated and destructive bottom trawling in the South Pacific, a victory for environmental groups.The agreement, which takes effect Sept. 30, is intended to protect deep-water corals and other vulnerable ecosystems across about one-quarter of the world's high seas, in an area extending roughly from the equator to the Antarctic Circle and from Australia to the west coast of South America.

Observers and ship locator systems will be used to keep vessels at least five nautical miles from vulnerable areas.

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