Research and analysis

Fisheries Challenge Fund: Fishing Spatio-Temporal Pressures and Sensitivities Analysis for MPAs

This project examined the approach to applying activity-pressure-sensitivity relationships for fishing gears and marine protected areas.

Documents

Report 1: Development of fishing layers from VMS data

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Report 2: Comparison of fishing information from VMS data and onboard plotter systems

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Detail

This project aimed to refine the working approach to applying activity-pressure-sensitivity relationships for the variety of UK fishing gears and carry out a spatio-temporal analysis of fishing pressures within a selected proposed marine protected area (MPA), using both vessel monitoring system (VMS) and fish plotter data derived from the fishing industry.

Outputs will provide evidence towards a risk assessment based approach to inform the setting of conservation objectives and the design of management measures for the selected MPA in this pilot as well as a methodology for wider application.

The research was carried out from April 2011 to January 2012 by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations.