The COVID-19 pandemic provides a major opportunity to study fishing effort dynamics and to assess the response of the industry to standard and remedial actions. Knowing a fishing fleet’s capacity to compensate for effort reduction (i.e., its resilience) allows differentiating governmental regulations by fleet, i.e., imposing stronger restrictions on the more resilient and weaker restrictions on the less resilient. In the present research, the response of the main fishing fleets of the Adriatic Sea to fishing hour reduction from 2015 to 2020 was measured. Fleet activity per gear type was inferred from monthly Automatic Identification System data. Pattern recognition techniques were applied to study the fishing effort trends and barycentres by gear. The beneficial effects of the lockdowns on Adriatic endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) species were also estimated. Finally, fleet effort series were examined through a stock assessment model to demonstrate that every Adriatic fishing fleet generally behaves like a stock subject to significant stress, which was particularly highlighted by the pandemic. Our findings lend support to the notion that the Adriatic fleets can be compared to predators with medium-high resilience and a generally strong impact on ETP species.

Coro G., Tassetti A.N., Armelloni E.N., Pulcinella J., Ferra C., Sprovieri M., et al. (2022). COVID-19 lockdowns reveal the resilience of Adriatic Sea fisheries to forced fishing effort reduction. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 12(1), 1-14 [10.1038/s41598-022-05142-w].

COVID-19 lockdowns reveal the resilience of Adriatic Sea fisheries to forced fishing effort reduction

Armelloni E. N.
Formal Analysis
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Scarcella G.
Ultimo
2022

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a major opportunity to study fishing effort dynamics and to assess the response of the industry to standard and remedial actions. Knowing a fishing fleet’s capacity to compensate for effort reduction (i.e., its resilience) allows differentiating governmental regulations by fleet, i.e., imposing stronger restrictions on the more resilient and weaker restrictions on the less resilient. In the present research, the response of the main fishing fleets of the Adriatic Sea to fishing hour reduction from 2015 to 2020 was measured. Fleet activity per gear type was inferred from monthly Automatic Identification System data. Pattern recognition techniques were applied to study the fishing effort trends and barycentres by gear. The beneficial effects of the lockdowns on Adriatic endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) species were also estimated. Finally, fleet effort series were examined through a stock assessment model to demonstrate that every Adriatic fishing fleet generally behaves like a stock subject to significant stress, which was particularly highlighted by the pandemic. Our findings lend support to the notion that the Adriatic fleets can be compared to predators with medium-high resilience and a generally strong impact on ETP species.
2022
Coro G., Tassetti A.N., Armelloni E.N., Pulcinella J., Ferra C., Sprovieri M., et al. (2022). COVID-19 lockdowns reveal the resilience of Adriatic Sea fisheries to forced fishing effort reduction. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 12(1), 1-14 [10.1038/s41598-022-05142-w].
Coro G.; Tassetti A.N.; Armelloni E.N.; Pulcinella J.; Ferra C.; Sprovieri M.; Trincardi F.; Scarcella G.
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