Remarks on the fluctuations in number and growth in marine populations
The small fish question is as old as the knowledge that the catches secured by North Sea trawlers very largely consist of undersized fish which, having been killed by the trawl, the fishermen throw back into the sea. International investigations carried on for many years have verified all the particulars and have furnished detailed descriptions of the main facts of this vital problem. Very naturally, too, suggestions and plans have been made for the discussion of methods by which „the enormous waste“ might be eliminated. „Size-limits“ for the fish landed, „close areas“ for stocks mainly consisting of small fish, and „saving trawls“ which would allow such fish to escape from the trawl, have been among the proposals put forward as a result of these deliberations. But up to the present these proposals have only aroused academic interest, partly because their realization has been found to involve many difficulties of a practical nature, and partly because the fishing industries — and therefore the governments — of the various countries concerned have been antagonistic to any limitation of their unrestricted freedom of action.
Reports of the proceedings of a special meeting held on June 24th 1932, at Copenhagen; 'The Effect upon the Stock of Fish of the Capture of Undersized Fish'.
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