fishing intensity


This tool was developed as part of a case study in the SIMCelt project to understand the concept and application of Ecosystem Services for MSP in a transboundary context by using existing and readily available datasets.

The draft Maritime Spatial Plan fo Polish Sea Areas, scale 1:200.000

During the drafting of the Polish MSP it turned out that in the fishing sector, the ICES reference grid squares were too big to use for the planning. Instead, the net profit of large fishing vessels was assessed to identify the most important fishing grounds and to map the results including the routes of the fleet. This exercise took half a year and was far cheaper than the normal assessments taking several years.