European Fisheries Ecosystem Plan: The North Sea significant web

S.A. Ragnarsson, A. Jaworski, C. Scott, O. Paramor, G.J. Piet

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Over the last few decades, there is a growing understanding that harvesting natural resources can influence the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. For that reason, there is an increased interest for an ecosystem-based approach to management. For an ecosystem-based management to be fully operational, it is important to identify those key species and habitats which are the major drivers in the functioning of the ecosystem, as it is not practical, or even possible, to manage the whole system. However, while it is clear that some species and habitats are not such drivers, they may as well be important to society in other ways. In this report, the importance of species and habitats found in the North Sea were evaluated and those which were selected, constituted as part of the significant web
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationReykjavik
PublisherMarine Research Institute
Number of pages447
ISBN (Print)9780701701697
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • fisheries
  • north sea
  • fisheries ecology

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