UK Fishing Intensity Associated with Oil and Gas Pipelines (2007-2015) dataset

  • Sally Rouse (Creator)
  • Tom Wilding (Contributor)
  • Peter Hayes (Contributor)



The layers provide information on the intensity of mobile fishing associated with Oil and Gas pipelines and cables. Each layer was created by calculating the total number of fishing tracks in 1 km by 1 km squares along the length of each pipeline for four gear categories (see More Information below). Fishing tracks were recreated for UK vessels greater than 15 m in length between 2007-2015 operating mobile demersal gear (otter trawls, pair trawls, beam trawlers and dredges) using vessel position data extracted from the Vessel Monitoring System. The layers can be used to aid the pipeline decommissioning process, including assessing the potential impacts and risks of different decommissioning options to commercial fisheries and informing the frequency of post-decommissioning monitoring according to level of fisheries interaction. The layers can also inform risk modelling for operational pipelines.
Date made available16 Aug 2017
PublisherUHI Research Repository
Temporal coverage1 Jan 2007 - 31 Dec 2015
Date of data production1 Jan 2007 - 31 Dec 2015
Geographical coverageNE Atlanic
Geospatial point58.735737, -0.886072Show on map

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