Reduce ships/boats/vessels speed limits
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Vessel speed can induce waves and impact benthic invertebrates through disturbance to the seabed and changes in water flow (Gabel et al. 2012; Hammerstrom et al. 2007). Reducing vessel (recreational or commercial) speed limits in an area can potentially reduce the risk of changes in water flow or sediment transport, and benefit subtidal benthic invertebrates.
Gabel F., Garcia X.F., Schnauder I. & Pusch M.T. (2012) Effects of ship‐induced waves on littoral benthic invertebrates. Freshwater Biology, 57, 2425–2435.
Hammerstrom K.K., Kenworthy W.J., Whitfield P.E. & Merello M.F. (2007) Response and recovery dynamics of seagrasses Thalassia testudinum and Syringodium filiforme and macroalgae in experimental motor vessel disturbances. Marine Ecology Progress Series 345, 83–92.