The Danish Shellfish Centre provides research-based advice to the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark and other public authorities as a professional basis for the authorities' administration.

Impact assessments of fisheries in nature conservation areas

The Danish Shellfish Centre conducts impact and stock assessments of fishing for mussels, oysters and starfish in nature conservation areas (Natura 2000 sites). Impact assessments are a scientific assessment of how fisheries in a given area will impact the ecosystem. Impact assessments are made every three years, while in the intervening years annual supplementary analyses are carried out, which are reported in notes. 

The impact assessments and the notes are used by the Danish Agriculture and Fisheries Agency as a knowledge base for setting regulatory measures for fishing in the examnied areas. For example, the collected data are used to create protected areas for eelgrass beds and introduce depth limits for fishing. 

Latest impact assessments and notes

(In Danish)

Nissum Bredning

Lovns Bredning

Løgstør Bredning


Horsens Fjord

Previous impact assessments

Impact assessments from previous years can be found on DTU Aqua's webpage