Academic Venture Fund - 2016

Wild Seafood, Healthy Harvest

Sea floor fishing near Cape Horn

Twenty percent of the world's wild seafood is harvested with fishing gear that operates along the seafloor with the potential to disturb seabed ecosystems. Marine reserves that prohibit fishing are the dominant policy tool for managing seafloor impact. Improved fishing gear that reduces bottom contact may provide a biologically and economically sustainable alternative. Working with fishery managers and fishing industry stakeholders, this team will weigh the trade-offs between these approaches. The researchers will develop tools for modeling how the seafloor responds to different types of fishing gear to find the best ways to reduce our seafood's habitat impacts.

Investigators: Suresh Sethi, Miguel Gomez, Patrick Sullivan