Potential effects of bottom trawling on organic carbon stocks in Denmark's marine sediments

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This briefing is the product of a research agreement between Danmarks Naturfredningsforening (DN) and the University of St Andrews (UStA), Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, with the aim to provide an estimate of the potential effects of bottom trawling on the OC stored within Denmark's surficial marine sediments.The focus of this briefing are the sub-tidal marine sediments within Denmark's Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ). Additionally, the effect of bottom trawling on the sedimentary OC stocks within the MPAs that are composed of the Natura 2000 areas (N2000) and areas protected according to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and within the 3, 6 and 12-nautical mile boundaries will be assessed to potentially allow new recommendations to be made for the development of appropriate management and policy interventions.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDanmarks Naturfredningsforening
Commissioning bodyDanmarks Naturfredningsforening
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2024


  • Carbon
  • Sediment
  • Fishing
  • Bottom trawling
  • Disturbance
  • Organic carbon
  • Denmark
  • Marine protected area
  • MPA
  • Trawl


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