Trawlers threaten UK’s coastal carbon sinks

The coastal waters around the UK are capable of absorbing between 15 to 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, but are under threat from more intense storms, offshore development and trawling, according to new research

The coastal waters around the UK are capable of absorbing between 15 to 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, but are under threat from more intense storms, offshore development and trawling, according to new research.

These areas provide around £47 billion to the UK economy, note the researchers, who were supported by DEFRA and the Natural Environment Research Council. But trawling using weighted nets, particularly in previously undisturbed areas, has a major impact on the aquatic life.

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