Beam trawls are a certain type of bottom trawls. The net is dragged by the cutter over the seabed on skid-like shoes. A rigid trawl beam keeps the net open under water. Due to their high dead weight, beam trawls are true energy guzzlers. Their rollers and skids do massive harm to the seabed and its inhabitants.
Target species: flatfish, shrimp
Impacts: bycatch of flatfish, young fish, bottom-living organisms and vegetation, corals, etc., damage to the seabed