DWT and Fishing
DWT's Position on Commercial Fishing
Dorset Wildlife Trust supports the sustainable harvesting of some marine species for food - this is a legitimate use of marine resources, providing employment opportunities and high-quality food.
Great Dorset Seafood
Low impact pots and traps by E Rance
Promoting Great Dorset Seafood by E Rance
Pot caught lobster by E Rance
Definition of terms
Many terms are used to describe fisheries, associated seafood or the method of capture. Sometimes these terms are used incorrectly and we have detailed a description to help you source your seafood correctly.
There are several elements to sustainability. The target fish population needs to remain resilient and productive. Most fish stocks globally are well below this level but by easing off fishing effort and allowing stocks to recover it should be possible to catch more fish in the future using less effort. The impact of the fishery on the wider ecosystem is also part of sustainability if the target stock is healthy, but the fishing method is unacceptably damaging the seabed, the fishery cannot be deemed sustainable. The wider effective management of the stock also comes into play, and this is where local fishermen can get a raw deal. It doesn’t matter how sustainably you are fishing if someone else is overfishing your stock elsewhere in its range.
Bycatch is the unintended catch that may either be thrown away as discards or landed without management and population safeguards. It is a huge problem that has contributed to the widespread destruction of marine life and is one of the world’s biggest environmental issues. DWT believes that bycatch must be reduced through a range of management, fishing gear design and operational measures. Discards, if kept and sold without limit, risk further overfishing and harm to young fish and species for which there is no adequate management. DWT believes that if discards are to be retained, thus minimising the waste of usually already dead and dying fish, there must be limits on the amount of fish caught, not just landed. These catch limits or discard quotas must include the full range of species caught, not just those of commercial interest.
In this case means caught in Dorset sea area and/or by Dorset fishermen
Environmentally sensitive/low impact:
This refers to fishing methods that have little environmental impact beyond the removal of the target species, this wider impact could be physical damage to the seabed or high levels of bycatch.
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