Using fishing pressure maps

Published: 15 August 2017

A new report from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has been published with contributions from MERP Module Leader, Prof. Mike Heath

Following an EU request for guidance on how fishing pressure maps could contribute to habitat assessments and a series of ICES expert group workshops, this report was produced to advise on best-practice use of such maps and recommendations on improved environmental management practices.

During the 'Trade-Offs' workshop, Mike Heath configured and ran the spatial Strathe2E model of the North Sea to illustrate the whole ecosystem consequences of proposed changes in fishing activity, to alleviate the impact of trawling on the seabed.

Related Information:

Report of the workshop to evaluate trade-offs between the impact on seafloor habitats and provisions of catch/value (WKTRADE) 

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