Inventory nb: 201410230730
ICES advises that the spatial analysis of bottom fishing (towed gears) in the OSPAR area should use VMS and logbook data to map activity at the resolution of 0.05 × 0.05 degree grid cells, and that this should occur annually. Maps of bottom fishing effort and intensity are provided as examples. The maps of bottom fishing intensity should represent the number of times each unit of seabed has been trawled per year. Further work is required before fishing impact can be mapped. The choice of indicators to be used for seabed integrity could also influence the type of maps produced.
ICES, OSPAR, fishing intensity, effort, Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), logbook, mapping, seabed integrity, indicator, Regional Sea Convention (RSC)
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