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THE EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF FISHERIES ON THE NORTH SEA AND IRISH SEA ECOSYSTEM

Objective



The general objective of the impact-II project is to estimate direct and indirect effects of different types of fisheries on the ecosystem of the North Sea and the Irish Sea. This will be done by collecting data from literature, and by doing field and laboratory research. The information is essential for future management of fisheries, if a balanced choice between nature preservation and economic benefits is to be made. The whole proposal consists of four separate projects which all will provide essential information to be integrated in a final report and management recommendations: in project 1, published and unpublished historical and present data on catch and discard composition will be collected and analysed with the aim to reconstruct possible trends in catch and discard composition throughout this century. Quantification and comparison of the direct effects of different type of trawl fisheries on benthic fauna in the southern and central North Sea is the aim of project 2. In project 3, the effects of fishing disturbance will be estimated by comparing apparently fished and un-fished sites. Project 4 aims to study the effects of organic materials discarded by demersal fisheries on the benthic ecosystem.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Address
Postbus 68
1970 AB Ijmuiden
Netherlands

Participants (11)

ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH
Germany
Address
Columbusstrasse
27568 Bremerhaven
BUNDESFORSCHUNGSANSTALT FÜR FISCHEREI
Germany
Address
Palmaille 9
Hamburg
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany
Address
Duesternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel
MINISTERIE VAN LANDBOUW
Belgium
Address
Ankerstraat 1
8400 Oostende
NETHERLANDS INST. FOR SEA RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Postbus 59
1790 AB Den Burg - Texel
NETHERLANDS INST. OF ECOLOGY
Netherlands
Address
Vierstraat 28
4401 EA Yerseke
RIJKSWATERSTAAT- DIRECTIE NOORDZEE
Netherlands
Address
Postbus 58007
2280 HV Rijswijk
Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department
United Kingdom
Address
Victoria Road
AB11 9DB Aberdeen
THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD
United Kingdom
Address
Smith Square 17, Nobel House
SW1P 3JR London
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE GALWAY
Ireland
Address

Galway
UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR
United Kingdom
Address
Deiniol Road
LL57 2UW Bangor - Gwynedd