Study Project: 98/017 of DG XIV Study Projects in Support of the Common Fisheries Policy
COMPARISON OF RAPID METHODOLOGIES FOR QUANTIFYING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF OTTER TRAWLS.
Three research teams are collaborating on a 2-year project which is taking place in Greece and in Scotland. The aim of the project is to investigate ways of finding optimal methodologies for monitoring the impact of demersal trawls on the marine environment.
The project builds on previous experience of the participants (particularly in studies on macrofaunal impacts) and uses a scale approach in techniques from wide area low resolution, to small area higher resolution techniques.
The two-year project has several objectives:
- To identify from fleet and local data, the regional pattern of demersal trawl fishing and identify grounds which differ in trawling intensity.
- To identify the most efficient, cost-effective strategy for studying and quantifying the environmental impact of otter trawls, using a suite of rapid-assessment methods;
- To accomplish objective (1) by investigating grounds that experience different levels of trawling activity, but within the context of highly significant target fisheries and including major grounds within these fisheries;
- To compare and contrast otter trawling impacts on Atlantic (Clyde Sea) and Mediterranean (Aegean) grounds, ensuring European added value through equal involvement and close collaboration between the island-bound partners for which such exchange is sociologically and scientifically invaluable.
Project Final Report: Available Here[3,860
University Marine Biological Station Millport (UK)
Institute of Marine Biology of Crete (Greece)
Fisheries Research Services, Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen (Sub-Contractor)