Scallop dredging has profound, long-term impacts on maerl habitats

@article{HallSpencer2000ScallopDH,
  title={Scallop dredging has profound, long-term impacts on maerl habitats},
  author={Jason M. Hall‐Spencer and P. Geoffrey Moore},
  journal={Journal of Materials Science},
  year={2000},
  volume={57},
  pages={1407-1415}
}
Maerl beds are mixed sediments built by a surface layer of slow-growing, unattached coralline algae that are of international conservation significance because they create areas of high biodiversity. They are patchily distributed throughout Europe (to ∼30 m depth around the British Isles and to ∼120 m depth in the Mediterranean) and many are affected by towed demersal fishing. We report the effects of Newhaven scallop dredges on a previously unfished maerl bed compared with the effects on… Expand

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