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Spatial and temporal distribution of fishing activities in the Northern and Central Adriatic Sea using AIS data

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, Slonim Conference Room (#430) 6050 University Ave Halifax Canada (map)

Speaker: Elisabetta Russo


Trawling activities, such as bottom otter trawling, have occurred for centuries on large spatial scale and today are considered one of the main and widespread causes of anthropogenic disturbance and habitat alteration. In this context, the Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) suggests a long-term holistic approach to delineate when, where and how marine ecosystems have been perturbed and to delineate future management strategies in order to maintain biodiversity. In this study the spatial and temporal distribution of trawl fishing activities in the Northern and Central Adriatic Sea were investigated using Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. 

Brief Bio:

Elisabetta Russo is a Marine Biologist and Ecologist at her second year of PhD in Environmental Science at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Her main research field is the fishery ecology.