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Accidental discovery that scallops love ‘disco’ lights leads to new fishing technique

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An unusual technique for catching scallops that was stumbled upon accidentally by scientists could potentially reduce some of the damage caused to our seabeds by fishing. The marine scientist Dr Rob Enever and his tea...

Migrant workers ‘exploited and beaten’ on UK fishing boats

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A third of migrant workers on UK fishing vessels work 20-hour shifts, and 35% report regular physical violence, according to new research that concludes there is rampant exploitation and abuse on British ships. “Leavi...

Vaquita porpoise could survive … but only if illegal fishing stops immediately

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Scientists studying the DNA of the world’s smallest cetacean and rarest marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise, have made a surprising and bittersweet discovery. With a tiny population of fewer than 10 individuals left, ...

From tuna fishing to teen love: the producer behind K-pop’s biggest stars

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When Jin from the superstar boyband BTS released Super Tuna – an upbeat song about his favourite pastime, fishing – it instantly went viral. The track, written to commemorate the star’s birthday, has logged more than ...

Europe’s fishing industry to battle with conservationists over bottom trawling

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An EU action plan to deal with fishing practices that trawl the ocean floor is set to trigger a row between conservationists and a new industry alliance that says it is fighting for Europe’s culture and identity. Abou...

Spain mourns worst fishing tragedy in 38 years after sinking of Villa de Pitanxo

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Spain was in mourning for its worst fishing tragedy in almost 40 years, as rescuers warned on Wednesday that it was unlikely they would find any more survivors from a ship that sank in rough seas off Newfoundland. Sea...

Dumped fishing gear is killing marine life. Yet no governments seem to care

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How could they be so careless? How do fishing vessels lose so many of their nets and longlines that this “ghost gear”, drifting through the oceans, now presents a mortal threat to whales, dolphins, turtles and much of...

UK fishing licences could be unlawful, says Oceana

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The British government’s granting of fishing licences to more than 1,000 UK and EU vessels for 2022, which will permit bottom-trawling and dredging in marine protected areas, could be unlawful unless conditions to saf...

France drops threat of trade war over post-Brexit fishing rights

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France has quietly dropped its threat of a trade war over post-Brexit access to fishing waters after the UK and Channel Islands governments agreed to issue 83 more operating licences before an EU deadline. The offer d...

UK and Jersey issue more licences to French fishing boats in post-Brexit row

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The UK and Jersey governments have issued further licences to French fishing boats to trawl British waters in an apparent attempt to ease cross-Channel tensions. The Brussels-imposed deadline of midnight on Friday for...

Atlantic fishing nations agree to ban catches of mako, world’s fastest sharks

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North Atlantic fishing nations have pledged to ban catches of the shortfin mako, the world’s fastest shark, in an attempt to save the endangered species. Conservationists, who have for years sought to better protect t...

Denmark accuses UK of breaking Brexit fishing deal over trawling ban

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Denmark has accused the UK of breaching the post-Brexit fisheries deal over plans to ban destructive bottom trawling in a North Sea conservation zone. The UK announced in February that it wanted to ban bottom trawling...

Kiribati to open one of world’s largest marine protected areas to commercial fishing

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The Kiribati government has announced it will open up one of the world’s largest marine protected areas to commercial fishing, citing economic benefits to its people. The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) spans 40...

Cop26: Oceanographer Sylvia Earle calls for industrial fishing ban on high seas

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World leaders gathered for Cop26 must ban industrial fishing on the high seas to have a chance of preserving the ocean, the Earth’s “largest carbon-capturing and oxygen-generating system”, the deep-sea explorer and oc...

French fishing industry divided over sanctions on UK trawlers

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France’s seafood sector is divided over government sanctions on British trawlers due to start on Tuesday, with processing companies warning they will cost jobs but fishers insisting that after 10 months waiting for UK...

UK threatens retaliation in Brexit fishing row with France – as it happened

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Brexit minister David Frost warns European Commission’s Maroš Šefčovič UK government considering dispute settlement proceedings. This live blog is now closed – please follow the global coronavirus live blog for Covid ...

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