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Trawling's a Drag for Marine Life, Say Studies

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Science  13 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5601, pp. 2123
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5601.2123

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TAMPA, FLORIDA-- More than 300 marine scientists, conservationists, and fisheries managers gathered here last month to discuss, among other topics, new studies on trawling's impact on sea-floor ecosystems and ways to limit the damage. The growing interest stems in part from new laws that require governments to protect vulnerable marine habitats.