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Page | July 22, 2008 at 22:27

The more we learn about the ocean and how it functions to maintain life on Earth - the more we understand how to preserve it. Just as the Mediterranean performs an important role within the Atlantic Ocean and beyond, so each individual ecosystem...


Page | June 3, 2008 at 19:12

Greenpeace's proposal for a network of marine reserves in the Mediterranean.

Seabed mining

Page | February 4, 2011 at 22:07

The deep seabed, which lies below the oceans beyond the jurisdiction of any state, is home to unusual and rarely studied ecosystems and species. Some hydrothermal vents - underwater 'geysers' driven by volcanic activity - support complex...

Pots and traps

Page | June 17, 2008 at 14:41

Pots, traps or ‘creels’ include a variety of designs that take the form of cages or baskets with one or more openings or entrances, with or without bait. They are usually set on the seabed, either singly or in rows, and are connected by ropes...


Page | June 17, 2008 at 14:41

Hook-and-line is a general term used for a range of fishing methods that employ short fishing lines with hooks in one form or another (as opposed to long-lines). It includes hand-lines, hand-reels, powered reels, rod/pole-and-line, drop lines,...

Bottom long-lines

Page | June 17, 2008 at 14:42

Long-lines consist of short lines (called snoods) carrying hooks, attached at regular intervals to a longer main line that is laid on, or close to, the seabed. Main lines are up to 150 km long and can carry several thousand hooks.

Pelagic gillnets

Page | June 17, 2008 at 14:42

Pelagic gillnets or ‘set nets’ are fine-filament nets that are kept at or below the surface by numerous floats and weights and held in position by anchors. If a fish’s head goes through the net but its body can’t follow, it is ‘gilled’ or...

Purse seines

Page | June 17, 2008 at 14:43

Fish are encircled by a large ‘wall’ of net, which is then brought together to retain the fish by using a line at the bottom that enables the net to be closed like a purse.

Pelagic trawls

Page | June 17, 2008 at 14:43

The front net sections are often made of very large meshes or ropes, which herd the fish towards the back of the funnel-shaped net. Pelagic trawls may be towed by one or two (pair trawl) boats.

Danish seines

Page | June 17, 2008 at 14:43

A fishing net, similar to a small trawl net, with a conical net bag with two relatively long wings. Two long heavy ropes, one attached to each wing, are used to encircle a large area of the seabed to herd the fish into the net and then to haul...

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