EU BANS ELECTRIC FISHING
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.