Eliminate fisheries subsidies that encourage overfishing
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Fishing can impact subtidal benthic invertebrates through species removal or habitat damage from fishing gear coming into contact with the seabed (Collie et al. 2000). Overfishing is thought to be encouraged by fisheries subsidies, which provides funds that go towards building boats, and paying for fuel and fishing gear. By eliminating fisheries subsidies that encourage overfishing (Sumaila & Pauly 2007) fishing effort can be reduced in an area, thereby potentially reducing the impact on the seabed, the amount of unwanted catch, and overall threat to subtidal benthic invertebrates.
Collie J.S., Hall S.J., Kaiser M.J. & Poiner I.R. (2000) A quantitative analysis of fishing impacts on shelf‐sea benthos. Journal of Animal Ecology, 69, 785–798.
Sumaila U.R. & Pauly D. (2007) All fishing nations must unite to cut subsidies. Nature, 450, 945.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Conservation