Fishermen in Lyme Bay, UK are using new technology to fish in the bay without putting the bay’s marine habitats at risk. Funded by DEFRA, the Marine Management Organization (MMO) is running trials of new GPS tracking systems that allow vessels to operate in the bay, without straying into the areas’s more vulnerable waters. Fishermen can use the device (similar to that used by lorry drivers) to prove that they have not fished in areas closed to bottom trawling. The MMO will conduct an evaluation of the trial in the spring of 2012, and hopes the technology will become an effective measure for protecting other marine habitats in the future.
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