Published on: 20 November 2017
Tomorrow (Tuesday November 21st) the European Parliament fisheries committee is to decide whether to allow so-called ‘electric pulse’ fishing to be considered ‘conventional’, a move which would allow Member States to licence it like any other type of fishing. ‘Pulse fishing’ is another term for the industrial electrocution of marine life and is just as environmentally destructive as it sounds. The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is urging the committee’s members, which includes Ireland’s Liadh Ní Riada (Sinn Fein), to resist any such move.
The development of industrial electrocution of marine life is a further indicator of chronic overfishing of our waters, which requires ever more destructive modes of capture to target what’s left of fish and invertebrate populations for commercial exploitation.