Indicator: Fishing pressure

Shrip trawl on deck about to go out. Photo: Kristin Heggland

Fishing pressure
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Rationale: Fishing can remove large part of key commercial stock from the ecosystem, thereby influencing directly and indirectly the other ecosystem components. Normalized fishing mortalities shows if a stock is harvested sustainable (according to given international reference levels). Landings show how much biomass is removed and IUU fishing, Ghost fishing and dumping show unwanted human harvest of key ecosystem components

Theme: Human activity

Component: Fisheries and other harvesting

Type of indicator: A, pressure indicator, describes anthropogenic impact

Priority of indicator: e, essential

Parameters:
• Normalized fishing mortalities (ICES)
• Fishing landings/catches by commercial fleets (ICES)
• IUU fishing
• Ghost fishing
• Dumping

Responsible institution:

Landings of North-East Arctic haddock. Source: AFWG report 2012, table 4.18/IMR

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