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Industry Lobbying Derails Trawling Ban in Europe

Science  01 Nov 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6158, pp. 544-545
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6158.544

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Encouraged by another recent vote on fisheries, many scientists are hoping that the European Parliament will ban deep-sea trawling and bottom-gillnetting, two practices known to damage marine ecosystems. But sources close to the negotiations say that the Parliament's Fisheries Committee is likely to pass a watered-down regulation on 4 November that would restrict bottom trawling but not end it.

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