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Lanice conchilega, fisheries and marine conservation: Towards an ecosystem approach to marine management
Rabaut, M. (2009). Lanice conchilega, fisheries and marine conservation: Towards an ecosystem approach to marine management. PhD Thesis. Ghent University: Gent. ISBN 978-90-8756-025-6. xvii, 354 pp.

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Document type: Dissertation

Keywords
    Conservation
    Ecosystems
    Fisheries > Marine fisheries
    Nets > Fishing gear > Fishing nets > Trawl nets > Bottom trawls
    Lanice conchilega (Pallas, 1766) [WoRMS]
    Marine

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  • Rabaut, M.; Guilini, K.; Van Hoey, G.; Vincx, M.; Degraer, S. (2009). A bio-engineered soft-bottom environment: the impact of Lanice conchilega on the benthic species-specific densities and community structure, in: Rabaut, M. Lanice conchilega, fisheries and marine conservation: Towards an ecosystem approach to marine management. pp. 31-55, more
  • Rabaut, M.; Vincx, M.; Degraer, S. (2009). Do Lanice conchilega (sandmason) aggregations classify as reefs? Quantifying habitat modifying effects, in: Rabaut, M. Lanice conchilega, fisheries and marine conservation: Towards an ecosystem approach to marine management. pp. 57-76, more
  • Rabaut, M.; Braeckman, U.; Hendrickx, F.; Vincx, M.; Degraer, S. (2009). Experimental beam-trawling in Lanice conchilega reefs: impact on the associated fauna, in: Rabaut, M. Lanice conchilega, fisheries and marine conservation: Towards an ecosystem approach to marine management. pp. 91-107, more
  • Rabaut, M.; Degraer, S.; Schrijvers, J.; Derous, S.; Bogaert, D.; Maes, F.; Vincx, M.; Cliquet, A. (2009). Policy analysis of the MPA-process in temperate continental shelf areas, in: Rabaut, M. Lanice conchilega, fisheries and marine conservation: Towards an ecosystem approach to marine management. pp. 149-173, more
  • Van Hoey, G.; Guilini, K.; Rabaut, M.; Vincx, M.; Degraer, S. (2009). Ecological implications of the presence of the tube-building polychaete Lanice conchilega on soft-bottom benthic ecosystems, in: Rabaut, M. Lanice conchilega, fisheries and marine conservation: Towards an ecosystem approach to marine management. pp. 235-254, more
  • Degraer, S.; Moerkerke, G.; Rabaut, M.; Van Hoey, G.; Du Four, I.; Vincx, M.; Henriet, J.P.; Van Lancker, V.R.M. (2009). Very-high resolution side-scan sonar mapping of biogenic reefs of the tube-worm Lanice conchilega, in: Rabaut, M. Lanice conchilega, fisheries and marine conservation: Towards an ecosystem approach to marine management. pp. 255-271, more

Abstract
    This doctoral thesis bridges experimental research and policy issues in the marine environment. The focus is on the challenging relation between nature conservation and current fisheries practices. The study sites investigated consist largely of sedimentary sand banks and swales, situated in North-Western Europe. A particular biogenic habitat has been chosen to study both the ecological importance and the resilience towards the physical disturbance of beam-trawling. This habitat is Lanice conchilega reefs, which are distinct aggregations of tube dwelling polychaetes (bristle worms). The implications of these tube worm reefs for the benthic environment as well as for flatfish species are studied in depth and several experiments (in lab and field conditions) quantify the impact of beam trawl fisheries. The thesis finishes by integrating these results in legal policy options and discusses the process of MPA-implementation. The general discussion elaborates how this thesis may contribute to the application of an ecosystem approach to support marine management

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