Trawling reportedly kills thousands of fish in Iran’s southeastern waters
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.28
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Trawling in Iran's southeastern waters has reportedly led to the death of thousands of fish in Sea of Oman, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on October 28.
Trawling is a method of fishing that involves pulling a fishing net through the water behind one or more boats. Many fishermen in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province have protested the illegal activity of trawlers at the Konarak Port.
They argued that trawlers have caused physical damages to the seabed and endanger ecology of the sea.
Although trawling today is heavily regulated in some nations, it remains the target of many protests by environmentalists. Environmental concerns related to trawling refer to two areas: the lack of selectivity and the physical damage which the trawl does to the seabed.
Usually, 80-90 percent of fish which is caught by trawlers are poured back into the sea.
But, Mohsen Ali Golshani, the director general of Sistan-Baluchestan province's fishery organization, rejected any link between trawling and the death of fish.