To facilitate Marine Protected
Site identification JNCC has dedicated survey teams working on the
collation of existing survey data and the co-ordination of new
survey to enhance our knowledge of areas that may be designated as
Marine Protected Sites.
Offshore Seabed Survey
As part of JNCC's statutory responsibility to recommend SACs in
the offshore area, the Marine Protected Sites team needs to gather
information to help support these recommendations; either by
searching and retrieving existing information, or through collaborative or
commissioned survey. On such surveys a variety of data may be
recorded using a range of instrumentation. These range from using
multibeam echosounders and sidescan sonar to record the bathymetry,
seabed texture and morphology through to using high resolution
digital video and stills equipment to image the seafloor.
Within JNCC, the Marine Protected
Sites team recognise the advantages of working collaboratively in
the offshore marine environment to reduce costs (offshore survey
can cost many thousands of pounds per day) and benefit from
shared knowledge and expertise. We work collaboratively with a
large number of organisations including the British Geological
Survey, University of Plymouth, Cefas, the country conservation
agencies and many more. If you are interested in collaborating or
learning more about our offshore survey programme please contact us.
Marine Bird Survey
Collation of existing data, along with carrying out new,
targeted survey of marine birds, is also being carried out by the
Marine SPA team, as part of their work to identify possible
SPAs in the marine environment. Such surveys include counts from
shore, boat and light aircraft.