August 3, 2013 The Observer
Habitats where seahorses, crabs and dolphins thrive face destruction as plans for protection zones are watered down... http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/03/scientists-ministers-seas-marine-life
"Fish such as skate and halibut once grew to be metres long and were common right up to the coast," said Roberts. "Today, the skate hangs on only in a few places. Wolffish and conger eel have been depleted to the point of rarity, while angel sharks are now completely extinct in UK waters. Fan shells and oysters used to cover the seabeds around Britain, while pilchards and herring were also enormously abundant and sustained an armada of predatory birds, dolphins and whales. However, numbers have now dwindled to a scarcity that would horrify a 19th-century fisherman."
Overfishing and pollution have played significant roles in this destruction. But the nation's fleet of bottom-dredging trawlers is blamed most for the critical state of coastal waters. Their huge metallic claws, designed to catch scallops, also scoop up indiscriminate numbers of young fish, corals, seafans and other creatures. The trawlers also pulverise the reefs that offer protection for many species of fish and shellfish.
"They create a wasteland wherever they trawl," said Lissa Batey of conservation alliance the Wildlife Trusts.
CORPORATE SUBSIDIZED INDUSTRIAL FISHING: SCRAPING THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN SMOOTH: AN INSATIABLE DRIVE FOR PROFITS http://sco.lt/6w0TLd
THE LOSS OF OCEAN SPECIES IS STAGGERING http://sco.lt/599jsH
November 12, 2012 Inter Press Service
BILLIONS IN SUBSIDIES PROP UP UNSUSTAINABLE OVERFISHING http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/11/billions-in-subsidies-prop-up-unsustainable-overfishing/