Pulse fishing

Fishermen have also reported a major decline in cod, seabass and other species in the North Sea since the Dutch introduced “large-scale pulse fishing” three years ago, she added. 

“The practice simply has too many unknown effects on marine organisims and the ecosystem so I am urging the Commission to carry out further research…as a matter of urgency,” she said.

An ICES report  published earlier in the year states that while irreversible effects of electrical stimulation seem to be restricted to vertebral fractures in cod and whiting, ‘further research on the effects of electrical stimulation on marine organisms and ecosystem functioning is needed to assess the effects on the scale of the North Sea’.