U.N. Fails Bottom Trawling Ban

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On December 8, the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly adopted a broad international fisheries resolution that failed to include language that would have banned deep sea bottom trawling.

Bottom trawling is a fishing method that involves commercial vessels dragging heavy nets across the sea floor, indiscriminately destroying delicate marine life in their paths.

In the end, it was Iceland that derailed efforts during recent negotiations to impose an interim ban on bottom trawling until proper management strategies could be put in place.

Iceland is one of relatively few countries