Assessing the sensitivity of habitats to fishing: From seabed maps to sensitivity maps

No Thumbnail Available
File version
Author(s)
Eno, NC
Frid, CLJ
Hall, K
Ramsay, K
Sharp, RAM
Brazier, DP
Hearn, S
Dernie, KM
Robinson, KA
Paramor, OAL
Robinson, LA
Griffith University Author(s)
Primary Supervisor
Other Supervisors
Editor(s)
Date
2013
Size
File type(s)
Location
License
Abstract

In the Welsh part of the Irish Sea, a method was developed for assessing the sensitivity of different seabed habitats to existing fishing activities, across a range of potential fishing intensities. The resistance of 31 habitats and their associated biological assemblage to damage by 14 categories of fishing activity were assessed along with the rate at which each habitat would recover following impact (resilience). Sensitivity was scored based on a combination of the resistance of a habitat to damage and its subsequent rate of recovery. The assessments were based, wherever possible, on scientific literature, with expert judgement used to extrapolate results to habitat and gear combinations not directly examined in the published literature. The resulting sensitivity matrices were then subject to further peer review at a series of workshops. Following consensus on the habitat sensitivity, these data were combined with the most resolved sea‐floor habitat maps. These habitat sensitivity maps can help inform the development of site‐specific management plans, as well as having a place in spatial planning and aiding managers in developing dialogue with other stakeholders. A case study of their application is provided.

Journal Title
Journal of Fish Biology
Conference Title
Book Title
Edition
Volume
83
Issue
4
Thesis Type
Degree Program
School
Publisher link
Patent number
Funder(s)
Grant identifier(s)
Rights Statement
Rights Statement
Item Access Status
Note
Access the data
Related item(s)
Subject
Ecology
Ecology not elsewhere classified
Zoology
Fisheries sciences
Persistent link to this record
Citation
Collections