So they send a rover deep into the ocean off Canada to see if the sponges and corals that are destroyed by trawling (raking heavy nets and iron chains across the bottom of the seafloor) are important to the fishery. Looks like the answer is yes.
What's the next move? A reconsideration of fishing gear? A look toward a healthy and sustainable fishery even twenty years from now? Right.
People who want more money now hire a good PR firm or a scientist to poke holes in the research, or a lawyer to defend the right to trash the ocean that feeds them.
Sorry, just been reading lots of ocean conservation news lately, makes me edgy.
Read more about the research here.