Marine Protected Areas
Greenpeace have been monitoring supertrawlers movements in Marine Protected Areas around the UK. These MPAs have been described as “paper parks” because they lack rules to protect them, in fact most actually permit intensive fishing and other damaging activities. Trawling and dredging is not illegal in most offshore MPAs. Supertrawlers spent almost 3,000 hours fishing in UK marine protected areas in 2019, making “a mockery of the word ‘protected’,” according to campaigners.