Discards of Danish set nets fisheries in the Kattegat

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Although the fleet has reduced since the mid-1990s, the Danish gill- and trammel nets fleet is still of importance and is likely to gain increasing interest in the coming years in response to economic issues (rising fuel prices) and political context (strong support for environmentally friendly practices from consumers and environmental organizations). However, very little information is available on the effects of gillnets on habitats as well as on fish or invertebrates.
In a context of a progressive implementation of a discard ban within the European Union fisheries, additional information on ecosystem effect of set nets discards is required. Beyond direct effect on the living resource, discarding can have indirect ecological effects. Indeed, dead or fatally damaged discarded species can become available as a food resource for seabed-living invertebrates, or be decomposed and recycled to the food web. These ecological interactions can be of importance for the surrounding ecosystem, especially regarding small-scale fisheries which take place in relatively shallow waters. Previous studies
on gill- or trammel nets discards mostly focus either on commercially valuable fish, or on incidentally caught rare or protected species. Data collected by observers aboard commercial fishing vessels gives a first insight into the
discards of non-commercial fish and invertebrates in the Danish small-scale set nets fisheries
Original languageDanish
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventICES Symposium 2014: Effects of fishing on benthic fauna, habitat and ecosystem function - Tromsø, Norway
Duration: 16 Jun 201419 Jun 2014


ConferenceICES Symposium 2014

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