Otter Trawl Gear Effects On Estuary Ecosystems
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Ileana is a research scientist at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Institute of Oceanography.

                       

Otter Trawl Gear Effects On Estuary Ecosystems

Estuaries are very productive ecosystems, where the distribution of sediments and fauna are driven by environmental parameters as speed and direction of the wind, river discharges, precipitation among others. These ecosystems provide important ecological services, as a food source through fisheries, but different human activities like recreation and transport have compromised their ecological integrity. Trawling fisheries has been recognized as one of the most harmful and widespread activities affecting seabed habitats and fauna, however, are widely used in shrimp fisheries. These...

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