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BTS: ICES Beam Trawl Survey for commercial fish species
Fish trawl survey: ICES Beam Trawl Survey for commercial fish species. ICES Database of trawl surveys (DATRAS). The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Copenhagen. 2010. Online source:
Contact: Holdsworth, Neil

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The Beam Trawl Survey dataset includes age- and length-based catch per unit effort data for commercial fish species in ICES statical rectangles. more

Five countries are participating in the Working Group on Beam Trawl Surveys (WGBEAM). In total, during 8 offshore surveys data are collected. The surveys covered by WGBEAM have all their own origins and were not set up as one survey. Due to that, no standardization has taken place in gears. The different countries all have their own sampling area and because the gears used vary, it is not possible to change sampling locations from one country to the other without any thorough scientific study beforehand. However, WGBEAM tries to increase standardization in sampling by staff exchange during the surveys and by publishing a manual.

Biology > Fish
Marine/Coastal, Commercial fisheries, ANE, Biscay Bay, ANE, English Channel, ANE, Irish Sea, ANE, North Sea, Pleuronectes platessa Linnaeus, 1758, Solea solea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
ANE, Biscay Bay [Marine Regions]
ANE, English Channel [Marine Regions]
ANE, Irish Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1987 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Pleuronectes platessa Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Solea solea (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), moredata managerdata providerdata creator
Holdsworth, Neil
Pinto, Carlos

Related datasets
Parent dataset:
DATRAS: ICES Database on Trawl Surveys, more
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2010-12-22
Information last updated: 2022-08-09
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