Annihilation trawling?!? What is that?!
“In trawl fisheries we’ve transitioned from having target species with quite a bit of bycatch, the normal scenario which has worried us all for a long time, to a situation which I call annihilation trawling, where there really is no target anymore” says Amanda Vincent, "Instead, it’s any and all sea life they’re after, for processing into chicken feed, fishmeal and other low-value products". Together with her PhD student Tanvi Vaidyanathan, Amanda led a campaign to alert India’s policy makers to this issue and to urge them to take action to better manage their coastal resources. To this end we developed a toolkit, Targetourtake.org for like-minded organizations to use while engaging with policy-makers to end the devastating practice of annihilation trawling.
Amanda has also written a few blogs highlighting this devastating practice. Stay tuned as we continue to explore solutions to this serious global challenge.