OSPAR request to support the development of common and candidate OSPAR biodiversity indicators for benthic habitats: pressure maps
ICES has collated Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and logbook data received, but submissions were not received from all those holding the required data.
ICES evaluated the fishing pressure abrasion maps and found that over 90% of activity by vessels over 10 m (overall length) was represented, but notes that data from vessels under 10 m (30% of fleets in terms of numbers of vessels, although not necessarily of activity) are not included in this calculation or in the maps.
ICES provides fishing abrasion pressure maps (and the underlying data) for 2009–2013, but advises that assumptions have been made in developing these maps and provides a set of caveats that must be taken into account when interpreting the both maps and the underlying data.
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