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Table 2

Fishing intensity in each area as represented by the number of Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (SIFCA) patrol sightings in each area during the 2015 season and the estimated disturbed area from image classification methods.

Site Fishing intensity No. sightings Estimate disturbed sediment (% area)
Control Low (none during study period) 0 20.11
Newly opened Intermediate (short-term) 11 68.03
Heavy dredging High (long-term) 38 67.94

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