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Workshops to develop a suite of management options to reduce the impacts of bottom fishing on seabed habitats and undertake analysis of the trade-offs between overall benefit to seabed habitats and loss of fisheries revenue/contribution margin for th

 

 

WKTRADE3WKTRADE3TrueJan Geert Hiddink, Josefine EgekvistHAPISGj.hiddink@bangor.ac.uk, jsv@aqua.dtu.dkWorkshops to develop a suite of management options to reduce the impacts of bottom fishing on seabed habitats and undertake analysis of the trade-offs between overall benefit to seabed habitats and loss of fisheries revenue/contribution margin for th

Developing management options to reduce the impacts of bottom fishing on seabed habitats and undertake analysis of the trade-offs between overall benefit to seabed habitats and loss of fisheries revenue/contribution margin for these options.

​​​​Two workshops, first one held in 4-5 March 2021 and the second in 6-9 April 2021.

April workshop

The 6-9 April workshop will develop fisheries-benthic impact trade-off assessments for different EU marine regions and analyse a suite of management options that may reduce the impact of mobile bottom-contacting fishing gears in these regions.

Management measures and fisheries actions can reduce impacts of mobile bottom-contacting gears on seafloor habitats. Previous ICES work indicated that a large fraction of fisheries landings and revenue are obtained from a relatively small part of the area fished. This finding underscores a potential management option that reduces fishing impacts on the seabed with a relatively small cost to the fisheries.

​This workshop will implement a suite of management options and analyse their consequences for the overall benefit to seabed habitats and loss of fisheries values. The management options evaluated were prioritized in an earlier stakeholder workshop. Participants will be tasked to: 

  1. determine spatial variation in fishing grounds over time
  2. review potential consequences of management options to the ecosystem, including commercial fish stocks that could arise, if greater areas of seabed are left undisturbed by bottom fishing
  3. produce regional-specific trade-off assessment sheets of fishing pressure and benthic impact for different EU (sub-)regions and MSFD habitats
  4. where possible, include the variable costs associated with the fisheries using the STECF AER economic data. These assessment sheets will inform managers about the interlinkages, and therefore trade-offs, between fishing footprints, benthic impacts and the value of the fisheries.

The workshop will take place online and will be chaired by Josefine Egekvist, DTU Aqua, Denmark and Jan Geert Hiddink, Bangor University, UK. The meeting will start on Tuesday (April 6) and end on Friday (April 9). The workshop will include plenaries and sub-group tasks. 

Registration

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

March workshop

The first workshop was a stakeholder workshop, held in 4-5 March 2021, to prioritize a suite of management options to reduce the impacts of bottom fishing on seabed habitats that will be used in a trade-off analysis between fisheries and the seafloor.

​Management measures and fisheries actions can reduce impacts of mobile bottom contacting gears on seafloor habitats. Previous ICES work indicated that a large fraction of fisheries landings and revenue are obtained from a relatively small part of the area fished. This finding underscores a potential management option that reduces fishing impacts on the seabed with a relatively small cost to the fisheries.

This workshop identifed and evaluated a suite of practical and implementable management options that can reduce the impact of mobile bottom contacting fishing gears on seafloor habitats in peripheral and/or core fishing grounds. Parti​​cipants were tasked to characterise and if possible, prioritise the management options identified, and to provide suggestions what considerations should be taken into account in subsequent trade-off analyses. A trade-off assessment example for various management options will be provided at the onset of the stakeholder meeting for the North Sea.

The outcome of the workshop will be used in a technical workshop to develop fisheries-benthic impact trade-off assessments for different EU marine ecoregions and sub-regions. These assessments will inform managers about the interlinkages, and therefore trade-offs, between fishing footprints, benthic impacts and the landings, revenue and contribution margin of the fisheries.

​The workshop was chaired by Josefine Egekvist, DTU aqua, Denmark and Jan Geert Hiddink, Bangor University, UK.

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