March 1, 2021
New perspectives on an old fishing practice: Scale, context and impacts of bottom trawling
Publishers: Blue Ventures, CEA Consulting, Fauna & Flora International, Ocean & Coastal Policy Program, Sea Around Us
Authors: Daniel Steadman, John B. Thomas, Vanessa Rivas Villanueva
This report seeks to provide new perspectives on this historical controversy by presenting the most up-todate synthesis of available data and evidence on bottom trawling's extent, impacts, and solutions in order to inform constructive policy-making. Specifically, it uses novel data analysis from Sea Around Us to map the global extent of bottom trawling; a synthesis of peer-reviewed literature to elucidate environmental, social, and climate impacts; and insights from more than 40 global experts on what a constructive future might look like that manages or severely. limits the worst impacts of this practice, while also ensuring a just and equitable society and a healthy food system.