Brighton Dolphin Project praises new trawl fishing ban
A WILDLIFE charity has welcomed a new trawl fishing ban that has come into effect off the Sussex coast.
Damaging trawl fishing has been banned in more than 100 square miles of the seabed to once help vast kelp forests recover.
Thea Taylor of the Brighton Dolphin Project said: “The new inshore trawling regulation is a brilliant start to restoring extremely important local marine habitat.
“Kelp forests are not only beneficial for the large number of marine organisms they harbor, but also for local people who will benefit from the multitude of ecosystem services they provide, such as cleaner water, reduced impact. storms and increased abundance of commercially important fish species. ”
The settlement, which was led by the Help Our Kelp Project, will be immensely beneficial to marine life along the Sussex coast as kelp forests begin to regrow.
Kelp forests provide shelter for a variety of marine life and help trap carbon in the oceans.
She added: “Our Sussex dolphins will also benefit because kelp acts as a nursery for prey species, including gadoid fish like cod, and because it provides refuge from fishing.
“This is a huge result for the Help our Kelp project which has worked tirelessly to achieve this result.”
The Brighton Dolphin Project is a local group that is part of the World Cetacean Alliance and aims to educate people about taking care of our oceans.
Tim Dapling, Chief Fisheries and Conservation Officer for the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, commented on the impact on local wildlife and businesses.
He said: “The authority has spent several years working carefully on the introduction of this important new management measure.
“There has been great interest and support within Sussex and the wider maritime community regarding our work to both protect the marine environment and promote sustainable commercial and recreational fisheries.
“This is a key step towards more sustainable fishing and achieving positive results for all. Future work will include assessment of habitat restoration, biological productivity and benefits to the coastal fishing community.