Trawling is common worldwide due to its efficiency in capturing large numbers of fish.
MSC certified trawl fisheries have made many improvements to their practices. These include monitoring and mapping fishing areas, avoiding fishing in known sensitive or protected habitats, and banning bottom trawling during the spawning season. Gear modifications, such as rock hoppers (balls or discs, often rubber), can also reduce the amount of contact between the net and the seabed.
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The blue fish label is only applied to wild fish or seafood from fisheries certified to the MSC standard, a scientific measure of sustainable fishing.