Cumulative overlap of coastal trawl footprint by BOMEC class (2008–12)
New Zealand's Environment Reporting Series: The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand
Seabed trawling, when fishing nets are towed near and along the ocean floor, can physically damage seabed (benthic) habitats and species. It can also stir up sediment from the seabed, shading or smothering marine species. For this measure, coastal areas are waters shallower than 250m. This dataset relates to the "Commercial coastal seabed trawling" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.