Trawling (rhymes with "crawling") might be
confused with trolling (rhymes with "rolling").
Trawlers tow a funnel shaped net reel at the back of
the boat. The net allows small fish to swim through
the net but keeps the larger fish. The bulk of the
seafood available to the seafood consumer is caught by
the trawl fleet. The large quantity makes it possible to
provide the product at a lower price to the consumer.
Some people mistakenly believe that all fishing nets
capture and kill marine mammals and birds while they
fish. Trawl nets move along the ocean floor at great
depths. Research has shown that trawling has no
effect on marine mammal populations.