Guidance

Fisheries in European marine sites: Matrix

Risk ratings of how likely different fisheries gear types and activities will damage protected features of European marine sites.

Documents

Matrix of fisheries gear types and European marine site protected features

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Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science review of the matrix

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Subtidal mussel bed on rock

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Intertidal chalk reef

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Maerl

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Sabellaria spp reef

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Seagrass

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Subtidal bedrock reef including chalk and subtidal cobble and boulder reef

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Background to the matrix

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Guidance on interpreting the matrix

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Detail

The Fisheries in European Marine Sites Implementation Group has created the matrix to help the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ put in place their new approach to commercial fisheries.

The matrix shows the different risk rating for fishing gear type, activities and features where the conservation objectives for a feature or sub-feature:

  • will not be achieved (red or high)
  • may not be achieved (amber or medium)
  • are highly unlikely to be affected (green or low)

A blue rating is where there can be no feasible interaction between the gear types and habitat features.

Those classed as high (red) risk – bottom towed fishing and reefs – have had byelaws put in place.

This has been independently reviewed by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and supporting documents show the history for those categorised as red risks.