Benthic Impact Assessments

The 3rd Session of the Preparatory Conference adopted the Bottom Fishery Impact Assessment Standard in February 2012.

Previously, assessments had been evaluated by the Science Working Group in terms of the interim Benthic Assessment Framework and a Process for the Preparation and Evaluation of Benthic Assessments adopted at the 4th meeting of the International Consultations.

Assessments that have been submitted for evaluation are circulated to key scientific representitives and made available here for public comment. Public comments should be sent to

New Zealand

New Zealand Bottom Fishery Impact Assessment during 2008 and 2009 (rev)

European Union

EU preliminary assessment of the risk of causing serious damage to VMEs and protocol of actions


Australian Bottom Fishery Impact Assessment

Conservation and management measures to prevent significant adverse impacts