Monterey >> The icy standoff between fishermen and environmentalists over trawling may thaw a bit thanks to new and more targeted research on its effects.

James Lindholm, a professor of marine science and policy at CSU Monterey Bay, partnered with commercial fishermen and conservationists to study the effects of bottom trawling near Morro Bay.

Together, they found that trawling with a small-diameter net had a negligible impact when fishing in areas with soft, sandy ocean floor. It confirmed what many fishermen already believed.

Source :Montereyherald