Mapping Greenland's vulnerable seabed

ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and Greenland halibut and prawn fisheries

Amount awarded: £49,789

ZSL's Institute of Zoology aims to gather information about vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep-sea around West Greenland.  

Climate change is having significant impacts on many fisheries, especially in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. Fish stocks are being driven northwards, and fisheries have to adapt their operations. 

Around Greenland, trawlers moving into new habitats could pose a threat to the seabed floor if they do not have accurate data. The ZSL research will help to better inform fisheries of their overlap with these sensitive habitats.

MSC certified fisheries contributing to this research include: the West Greenland Offshore Greenland HalibutDoggerbank Seefischerei West Greenland HalibutWest Greenland Coldwater Prawn Fishery and the non-certified West Greenland Snow Crab.

This funding will enable us to document and describe new benthic habitats in Greenland and improve our scientific basis for making informed decisions for protecting Greenland’s seabed.

Dr Chris Yesson ZSL's (Zoological Society of London) Institute of Zoology
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