Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosted a town hall meeting in Providence, Rhode Island to discuss the possible designation of the first Marine National Monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean with scientists, conservationists, fishermen, and the public.
We are often asked to describe various types of fishing gear and explain which ones are the most destructive to the ocean. Another frequent question is why our seafood ratings for a particular species differ depending on the fishing method used. To help answer these questions, we decided to create a Fishing Gear 101 blog series. In this series, we describe how common types of gear work, what they catch, how they affect ocean wildlife and habitats, what technologies or regulations can help lessen the gear’s negative effects, and what we see as the path forward to ensure healthy oceans in the future.