Trawling modifies red algae bed fauna and flora


 off Balearic Islands

A group of researchers that carried out a multidisciplinary study on the impact of trawling on the continental shelf of southern Mallorca and has shown that, despite the fact that red algal beds off the Balearic Islands persist in the traditional fishing grounds of the trawling fleet, this fishing exploitation has modified its flora and fauna.

The analysis of the fishing footprint, obtained from the monitoring system of the trawl fleet via satellite ("blue boxes"), has made it possible to locate two adjacent zones, similar in the geomorphology from the seabed and in their oceanographic characteristics, but with different fishing exploitation degree.

While one is located in the so-called.............................

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