A Case Study of available methodology for the identification of Vulnerable Ecosystems/Habitats in bottom deep-sea fisheries: Possibilities to apply this method in the NAFO Regulatory Area in order to select Marine Protected Areas
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AuthorsDurán-Muñoz, P. (Pablo); Murillo, F.J. (Francisco Javier); Serrano, A. (Alberto); Sagayo-Gil, M. (Miriam); Parra-Descalzo, S. (Santiago); Díaz-del-Río-Español, V. (Víctor); Sacau-Cuadrado, M.M. (María del Mar); Patrocinio, T. (Teodoro); Cristobo, J. (Javier)
deep-water bottom fisheries
marine protected areas
Information is critical to Ecosystem Approach and to research about Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems/Habitats (VME/Hs), fishing impacts on habitats and ad-hoc management measures are high-priority. Therefore, this paper presents the ECOVUL/ARPA Interdisciplinary Approach, a case study of methodology for the identification of VME/Hs in order to advise on conservation measures such as marine protected areas (MPAs). By means of an interactive process involving Conventional Fisheries Science, Geomorphology, Sedimentology and Benthic Ecology, the methodology developed under the ECOVUL/ARPA project, has been useful in order to contribute to define practical criteria to the identification of VME/Hs, to improve the knowledge about VME/Hs distribution and the adverse impacts of bottom trawl fisheries and to produce high quality advice on habitat protection. Applying an interdisciplinary approach, the project identified the deep-water bottom trawl fishery footprint on the Hatton Bank Western ...
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