But seriously how about the info Steve O put on here (Tonmo) somewhere about the damage it does, y'know the before and after shots! Then the press release about the govt here (in NZ) starting to ban this practise.
Whatever you do with the page, make sure it comes across well. Too many people out there trying to do good but drive people away. Don't look like an activist, look like a smart, receptive guy with a good point :)
The website is coming along. The news links are great and the overall tone is educational not overzealous ranting activist (not that you are, but some environmental groups can get a little out there...). Some day I will have to tell you about the time PETA stalked me for doing a workshop on squid dissection... Great job!
Thanks! It will take some time but we will add to the content offered there. Bottom trawling will be our base subject matter but I hope it will be able to cover all aspects of general ocean ecology and health going forward. I'm glad you're visiting!
Hear, hear, you also may want to add a link to my organization's marine ecology and resource management institute IMARES, devoted to developing sustainable fisheries and mapping the effects of bottom trawling amongst other things. A site should probably be on-line soonest, as this new institute has only today been announced
This is now a blog... editors welcome! Just PM or email me if you want to contribute... it has an easy to use interface and I can set you up with a login which allows us to keep a diary, comment on news, etc... It's getting there!
I was reading a book I found on my shelf... "The Silent World" by Jacques Y. Cousteau written in 1950. He decided to watch a trawl net under water...
"Perched above the grassy floor I saw the towline of the net arrive. It looped back to the rigid gate which scraped along the bottom, breaking down grasses and spreading destruction to the tiny creatures of the prairie. Fishes leaped away like rabbits running from a reaper. The vast envelope of net passed me, puffed up with water. The broken grass arose slowly in the track of destruction. I was astonished to see how many fish escaped the monster, and how much it destroyed of future fish stocks and pasturage. Man's method of undersea farming seemed to consist of blighting the acre while reaping a small part of the crop."
So over 50 years ago, he noted the destructive forces of bottom trawling and yet in continues today... sad, huh?