Sir, There’s little to be gained from the revelation that industrial-scale tuna fishing is fuel-efficient.
Such efficiency kills species such as turtles, sharks, manta rays and baby fish - comprising at least 10% of the total catch. Pole and line has the least impact on the marine environment as the fish are caught one by one with virtually zero bycatch. Focusing on fuel efficiency deflects attention from the key issues - eliminating bycatch, and understanding the impact on fish stocks and habitat alteration when catching tuna intensively with nets. The ISSF is in an ideal position to find creative solutions.
Bryn & Angela, co-founders, The Reel Fish Co