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