Articles | Volume 18, issue 8
Research article
22 Apr 2021
Research article |  | 22 Apr 2021

Impact of bottom trawling on sediment biogeochemistry: a modelling approach

Emil De Borger, Justin Tiano, Ulrike Braeckman, Adriaan D. Rijnsdorp, and Karline Soetaert

Data sets

Faunal and environmental drivers of carbon and nitrogen cycling along a permeability gradient in shallow North Sea sediments E. Toussaint, E. De Borger, U. Braeckman, A. De Backer, K. Soetaert, and J. Vanaverbeke

Rapid organic matter cycling in North Sea sediments E. De Borger, U. Braeckman, and K. Soetaert

Model code and software

edeborger/Trawling_Biogeochemistry_BGS: Trawling disturbance model Emil De Borger and Karline Soetaert

Short summary
Bottom trawling alters benthic mineralization: the recycling of organic material (OM) to free nutrients. To better understand how this occurs, trawling events were added to a model of seafloor OM recycling. Results show that bottom trawling reduces OM and free nutrients in sediments through direct removal thereof and of fauna which transport OM to deeper sediment layers protected from fishing. Our results support temporospatial trawl restrictions to allow key sediment functions to recover.
Final-revised paper