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title Lost fishing gear and litter at Gorringe Bank (NE Atlantic)
authors Vieira, RP; Raposo, IP; Sobral, P; Goncalves, JMS; Bell, KLC; Cunha, MR
author full name Vieira, Rui P.; Raposo, Isabel P.; Sobral, Paula; Goncalves, Jorge M. S.; Bell, Katherine L. C.; Cunha, Marina R.
title Lost fishing gear and litter at Gorringe Bank (NE Atlantic)
nationality internacional
language English
document type Article
author keywords Marine Litter; Fisheries; Impacts; Gorringe Bank; NE Atlantic; Seamounts
abstract Studies concerning marine litter have received great attention over the last several years by the scientific community mainly due to their ecological and economic impacts in marine ecosystems, from coastal waters to the deep ocean seafloor. The distribution, type and abundance of marine litter in Ormonde and Gettysburg, the two seamounts of Gorringe Bank, were analyzed from photo and video imagery obtained during ROV-based surveys carried out at 60-3015 m depths during the EN Nautilus cruise NA017. Located approximately 125 nm southwest of Portugal, Gorringe Bank lays at the crossroad between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and is therefore characterized by an intense maritime traffic and fishing activities. The high frequency of lost or discarded fishing gear, such as cables, longlines and nets, observed on Gorringe Bank suggests an origin mostly from fishing activities, with a clear turnover in the type of litter (mostly metal, glass and to a much lesser extent, plastic) with increasing depth. Litter was more abundant at the summit of Gorringe Bank (ca. 4 items.km(-1)), decreasing to less than 1 item.km(-1) at the flanks and to ca. 2 items.km(-1) at greater depths. Nevertheless, litter abundance appeared to be lower than in continental margin areas. The results presented herein are a contribution to support further actions for the conservation of vulnerable habitats on Gorringe Bank so that they can continue contributing to fishery productivity in the surrounding region. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
author address [Vieira, Rui P.; Cunha, Marina R.] Univ Aveiro, Dept Biol, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal; [Vieira, Rui P.; Cunha, Marina R.] Univ Aveiro, CESAM, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal; [Vieira, Rui P.] Univ Southampton, Grad Sch, Natl Oceanog Ctr Southampton, Southampton SO14 3ZH, Hants, England; [Raposo, Isabel P.; Sobral, Paula] Univ Nova Lisboa, IMAR Inst Mar, Fac Cienclas & Tecnol, P-2829516 Caparica, Portugal; [Goncalves, Jorge M. S.] Univ Algarve, CCMAR Ctr Marine Sci, P-8005139 Faro, Portugal; [Bell, Katherine L. C.] Ocean Explorat Trust, Narragansett, RI 02882 USA
reprint address Vieira, RP (reprint author), Univ Aveiro, Dept Biol, Campus Santiago, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal.
e-mail address rpvieira@ua.pt; marina.cunha@ua.pt
funding agency and grant number Portuguese Science Foundation [SFRH/BD/84030/2012]; European Funds through COMPETE; National Funds through the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) [PEst-C/MAR/LA0017/2013]
funding text The authors are grateful to the scientific and technical parties on board Ely Nautilus, Expedition NA017. We would like to thank to Professor Teresa Calvao from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (FCT-UNL) for the assistance in marine debris mapping, to Ana Hilario for the useful comments and to Luis Bentes for the help with Fig. 1. Special thanks to ADAPI-Associacao de Armadores de Pescas Industriais, to Mr. Jeronimo Rato (Associacao de Armadores da Pesca Local, Costeira e do Largo do Oeste) and to DGRM for the valuable information provided. This research used images and data provided by the Nautilus Exploration Program. Rui Pedro Vieira is currently supported by the doctoral grant from the Portuguese Science Foundation (SFRH/BD/84030/2012). This work was partially supported by European Funds through COMPETE and by National Funds through the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) within project PEst-C/MAR/LA0017/2013.
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publisher city AMSTERDAM
publisher address PO BOX 211, 1000 AE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
issn 1385-1101
29-character source abbreviation J SEA RES
iso source abbreviation J. Sea Res.
publication date JUN
year published 2015
volume 100
special issue SI
beginning page 91
ending page 98
digital object identifier (doi) 10.1016/j.seares.2014.10.005
page count 8
web of science category Marine & Freshwater Biology; Oceanography
subject category Marine & Freshwater Biology; Oceanography
document delivery number CN5HU
unique article identifier WOS:000358461200009
link http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2014.10.005