Summary of the potential effects of fisheries on reefs

Fishery

Methods

Potential effects

Crab, lobsters, crawfish

Potting and creeling

Fragile, brittle species such as Ross coral crushed when pots make contact.

  'Ghost fishing' - parlour pots can continue to fish in excess of 270 days. A cycle of capture, decay and attraction of species of commercial and non commercial interest takes place.

Scallops

Spring loaded Scallop dredge

Relatively soft rocky outcrops can be subject to physical damage.

Soft, fragile species vulnerable to mobile gear.

Demersal fin fish

Rock hopper trawl

  Relatively soft rocky outcrops can be subject to physical damage.

Soft, fragile species vulnerable to mobile gear.

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