North Sea submarine cable disruptions and fishing activity

N.T. Hintzen, M.A.M. Machiels

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional


At the North Sea seafloor, numerous submarine cables are positioned that connect telecommunication networks between countries. Worldwide, human activities cause most of the cable disruptions with fisheries accounting for nearly half of all reported faults. Due to a recent increase of submarine cable disruptions in the central North Sea area, Global Marine Systems Ltd. requested IMARES to investigate a possible link between these occurrences and the recent gear switch of the Dutch –demersal beam-trawlfishing fleet.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationIJmuiden
PublisherIMARES Wageningen UR
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameReport / IMARES Wageningen UR
PublisherIMARES Wageningen UR


  • north sea
  • telecommunications
  • cables
  • demersal fisheries
  • beam trawling
  • energy saving
  • innovations
  • fishing gear


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