14 Feb '13, 5pm

The price of scallops - time to judge dredge? via @williemackenzie

‘Dredge’ is one of those evocative words that just doesn’t sound nice. When it comes to the seabed, the effects of dredging are certainly none-too-pleasant. That’s true whether it’s scouring out the seabed on purpose to remove sand and gravel, or using heavy metal fishing gear to churn up the sea floor to catch scallops that live in it. The trailer for the new series of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight (which starts tonight at 9pm on Channel 4) shows quite graphically what dredging for scallops looks like. It’s not something most people are familiar with. At first glance, it might look a bit like ploughing a field. But if we were catching wild animals like that on land, well… Scallop dredging isn’t nice. It’s a form of bottom trawling that is indiscriminate and radically changes the ecosystem on the seabed. Pristine areas that might be hugely complex and rich in li...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/price-scallops-t...

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