While much is known about the eﬀect of longlining on the ﬁsh and bird populations of South Georgia and the Ross Sea – historically little has been done to fully measure the impact on bottom (benthic) communities of ﬂora and fauna.
Over the last 20 years, both ﬁsheries have implemented strict rules to protect the seabed. From a complete ban on bottom trawling and minimum ﬁshing depths (700m in South Georgia and 550m in the Ross Sea) to areas of rare benthic communities closed to ﬁshing completely (92% of the South Georgia Exclusive Economic Zone is now closed to bottom ﬁshing) – we’ve come a long way.
But we’re not stopping there. At Argos Froyanes, we’re conducting extensive research to fully understand the eﬀect our ﬁshing gear has on the seabed and how we can further minimise our impact on the wider ecosystem for years to come.