Symposium

BENTHIS Final Symposium: Benthic Ecosystem Fisheries Impact Studies

During this one day symposium, the results of EU project BENTHIS will be presented and discussed. The meeting will be particularly relevant for policy makers, fisheries managers, environmental managers, fishing industry representatives, NGO’s and scientist.

Organised by BENTHIS
Date

Wed 14 June 2017 09:00 to 18:00

Venue BIP Salle des Guichets, Rue Royale 2 – 4, Brussels

Background

The sea bed provides a place to live for a wide diversity of organisms, but is also a source of food. The impacts of bottom trawl fisheries is the subject of much debate. BENTHIS developed methods to quantify this impact and assess the status of the benthic ecosystem in European waters ranging from the Norwegian sea and the Baltic in the north to the Mediterranean and Black Sea in the south. To mitigate trawling impact, technological innovations were tested in collaboration with the fishing industry. Sustainable management plans were explored on its ecological and socio-economic consequences. During this one day symposium, the results of BENTHIS will be presented and discussed. The meeting will be particularly relevant for policy makers, fisheries managers, environmental managers, fishing industry representatives, NGO’s and scientist.

Registration

Registration is closed.
Contact details: Rian.Schelvis@wur.nl +31(0)317487036

Agenda
9:00 Registration and coffee
9:30 Opening and welcome
Introduction BENTHIS objectives Adriaan Rijnsdorp (coordinator BENTHIS)
• Introduction Sigi Gruber (Head of Marine resources Unit, DG RTD)
• Introduction Ilona Jepsena (Head of the Scientific Advice and Data Collection Unit, DGMARE)
Introduction David Connor (DGENV)
10:00 Trawling impact and status of the sea floor
Current distribution and intensity of bottom trawling (trawling footprint) Ole Eigaard
Benthic ecosystem and their sensitivity for bottom trawling Andy Kenny
Trawling effects on food for fish Tobias van Kooten
Impact of bottom trawling Jan Geert Hiddink
Impact assessment Adriaan Rijnsdorp
• Discussion
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Sustainable management and mitigation measures
Technological innovations: from active to passive gears Chris Smith
Technological innovations: from demersal to (semi-) pelagic otter boards Antonello Sala
Technological innovations: from mechanic to electric stimulation Hans Polet
Management innovations: habitat credits, smart fishing Gerjan Piet
Socio-economic consequences of technological innovations Katell Hamon
• Discussion
16:00 Closing remarks
16:15 End of programme
Drinks and snacks till 18:00

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