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Spatial assessment and impact of artisanal fisheries' activity in Cap de Creus

AuthorsPurroy, Ariadna ; Requena, Susana ; Sardá, Rafael ; Gili, Josep Maria ; Serrão, Ester A.
Issue Date2010
PublisherUniversidad Politécnica de Cataluña
CitationGeographic technologies applied to marine spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management: 15-22 (2010)
AbstractNorth western Mediterranean is characterized by a high fishing activity and consequently, the awareness to preserve and protect high ecological important areas has been recently on the scope. Cape Creus is lately being subjected of study in order to assess its values in the frame of European Directives. By combining existing data of artisanal fisheries’ components together with gathered seabed components, a spatial distribution of fishing activity is pretended. A spatial approach has been the main tool when assessing the consistency of fishing pressure onto the seabed. Benthic communities seem to be more affected when overlapping of fishing types occur. Consequently, alternating parceling and seasonal closures among fishing gear types, to minimize the impact onto benthic communities as also setting no-take zones is strongly suggested. The establishment of a MPA in the near future has to be seen for all stakeholders as one step contributing to the sustainability of the ecosystem, once the potential impact of this fishing activity is shown. Mid-scale benefits by means of reducing fishing pressure in the area will enhance both alternative income solutions and spillover offset as a result of habitat recovery
Identifiersisbn: 978-972-8612-64-1
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