EU-FP6 Funded Marine Project Reports


DEvelopment of fishing Gears with Reduced Effects on the Environment

Status: Completed (April 2009)
Coordinator:  Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research - RIVO (now IMARES)

​​​​​​​​​​​Closing established areas to fishing may protect some benthic communities but it may also lead to increased exploitation of more vulnerable components of stock and increase the socio-economic strains on fishery-dependent communities. 

As an alternative to this approach to environmental protection, DEGREE:

  • Developed new fishing gear (otter trawl, beam trawl, dredges) that reduced the adverse effects on the seabed and benthic communities
  • Quantified the potential reduced effect on habitats and benthic communities
  • Assessed​ the socio-economic consequences of introducing these gear in established fisherie

​​​IMARES was established in 2006, as a result of the merger of​​ RIVO (the Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research), elements of Alterra and the Department of Ecological Risks within the TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research).​
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