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Ways of managing coasts under pressure

Posted by Lindy on December 5, 2011


Trials prove GPS technology helps habitats and fishermen

Thursday, 01 December 2011 14:37

http://www.fishnewseu.com/latest-news/uk/7187-trials-prove-gps-technology-helps-habitats-and-fishermen.html

TRIALS have shown that new technology is allowing South West of England fishermen to continue to fish in their local area while protecting the marine habitats in Lyme Bay. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) say that by rolling out GPS technology, fishermen can prove that they are not fishing in vulnerable or protected areas, and so continue to operate in less sensitive areas of Lyme Bay rather than stopping fishing in the area altogether.

By embracing new technology it shows that the sector is ready and able to respond positively to the need to protect the marine environment while continuing to make a living from the sea.

Following the MMO’s evaluation of this trial, expected in Spring 2012, the Government hope that fishermen around the country will be able to adopt this new technology to help ensure that fishing can continue to take place without damaging sensitive marine habitats.

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