EU BANS ELECTRIC FISHING

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On Ja­nua­ry 16th, mem­bers of the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment have vo­ted to ban com­mer­cial fishing using an electric cur­rent in EU wa­ters, so-cal­led pulse fishing. This tech­nique stuns fish li­ving on the bot­tom of the sea, for­cing them to swim up­wards, where they're more ea­si­ly trap­ped in the nets. The French conser­va­tion group Bloom is lea­ding the cam­pai­gn against electric fishing. They say the tech­nique harms the fish it is de­si­gned to catch and kills ma­rine life that is sup­po­sed to be left alone. On their side, the Dutch say it "does less da­mage to our seas and the life there, saves fuel and has less un­wan­ted by-catch." The de­ci­sion, ho­we­ver, cau­sed cheers and ap­plause in the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment.

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