Although this study looks at the UK, the seas of North America are in a similarly sorry state.
The seabed has been destroyed over vast areas in the North Sea and other seas, and the myriad organisms that live there wiped out by beam-trawling, in which heavy gear is dragged along the bottom. Substantial marine nature reserves, off-limits to fishing boats, must now be the way out, the commission says.
The media routinely classifies issues like this as "environmentalists v. people trying to make a living." Which is wrong. And stupid. And counterproductive.