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Managing for long term sustainability of seafood production from bottomtendered wild capture fisheries: evaluating tradeoffs between spatial closures versus gear modification


September 2016 - January 2019


Approximately 20% of global seafood derives from trawl based commercial fisheries. While efficient, these gears have potential to contact and impact benthic ecosystems. In this project we are developing seascape scale habitat impact models to support commercial fisheries gear management. The models can be used to evaluate potential gear modifications or spatial closures to reduce habitat impacts from fishing gear, providing a decision support tool to accompany fisheries policy. Results from this project address a priority information need identified by the US Fishery Management Council, and modeling results will inform fisheries management options to conserve benthic ecosystems globally.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4246



Funding Agencies

  • Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey