Gillnet fishing in Natura 2000 areas—Porpoises and stone reefs (39125)

Project Details

Description

The aim of the project was to determine the effects of gillnet fishing in Danish Natura 2000 areas, specifically the effects on harbour porpoises and on the hard bottom’s flora and fauna.

The project included 3 sub-projects and 9 work packages aimed at:
- documenting the extent of gillnet fishing in selected Natura 2000 areas;
- evaluate the effects of gillnet fishing on porpoises in these Natura 2000 areas;
- evaluate the effects of management initiatives on the gillnet fishing in these areas;
- assess the effects of gillnet fishing on the stone reef’s flora and fauna in these Natura 2000 areas.

The methods employed were a combination of literature reviews, documentation of fishing activities and conduction of field experiments. The results of the project will contribute to a better knowledge base on the effects of gillnet fishing and should lead to an improved management of gillnet fishing in Natura 2000 areas, based on facts instead of assumptions and anecdotal evidence.

This project was coordinated by DTU Aqua and funded by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).

Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Research area: Coastal Ecology
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date15/04/201331/05/2015