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The aim of these workshops was not to produce a regional strategy, nor a series of agreed actions or principles that all delegates and their organisations ‘signed up’ to. It was instead to consider and share, at a technical level, the experience available in the region, learn lessons, explore opportunities for synergy and identify some key messages for each of the four workshop areas.
The Wyville Thomson Ridge is a rock ridge at the northern end of Rockall Trough rising from over 1000 metres at its deepest point to 400 metres at the summit. Along the ridge there are large areas of stony reef, thought to have been formed by the ploughing movement of icebergs through the seabed at the end of the last ice age. Bedrock reef is present on the flanks of the ridge and, due to the differences in water masses, there are different species compositions on either side. These reef communities support sea urchins, sea spiders, sea cucumbers and a range of colourful sponges and soft corals (JNCC, 2010).
As part of the Scottish Marine Protected Area (SMPA) Project, areas of search near the Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt were also investigated during the survey (URL1:JNCC 2013. Scottish MPA Project). A background to the Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt can be found in Bett (2003). The Scottish Nature Conservation MPA proposal part of the survey aims to provide advice to Scottish Ministers on the selection of MPAs under the Marine (Scotland) Act and the Marine and Coastal Access Act in the seas around Scotland. Marine Scotland is leading the Scottish MPA Project, Scottish National Heritage (SNH) is leading on advice concerning Nature Conservation MPAs within Scottish territorial waters and JNCC is leading on advice concerning Nature Conservation MPAs in offshore waters adjacent to Scotland.
The JNCC’s Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland has been widely used by Government bodies, academic institutions, the private sector and regional projects. It is generally thought to be highly beneficial, but a number of concerns have surfaced as the Classification continues to be used for a widening range of purposes. There is now scope to further develop the Classification in response to issues highlighted by users. This Report summarises user issues in order to identify and prioritise future development work.
The JC060 cruise was the first, dedicated, deep-water habitat-mapping cruise of the MAREMAP initiative (UK Marine Environmental Mapping Programme). MAREMAP is an initiative aiming to promote integrated surveys by the following NERC organisations and partners: the National Oceanography Centre (NOC); the British Geological Survey (BGS); and the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), the University of Southampton, Channel Coastal Observatory, Plymouth University (PU), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). The MAREMAP cruise aimed to target four areas of study: the Darwin Mounds in the North Rockall Trough, East Rockall Bank Cliff habitats, the Hatton Basin polygonal faults and fisheries impacts on North-West Rockall Bank.
A project to generate seabed habitat maps for locations coinciding with Scottish possible Nature Conservation MPAs. This Phase 2 report is focused on using a top-down/rule based methodology and looks at the Barra Fan and Hebrides Terrace Seamount Area.
A project to generate seabed habitat maps for locations coinciding with Scottish possible Nature Conservation MPAs. This Phase 2 report is focused on using a top-down/rule based methodology and looks at the Eastern approaches to the Firth of Forth.
JNCC commissioned a consortium of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), the Marine Biological Association (MBA), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and the University of Aberystwyth (UAber) to deliver an indicator that demonstrates the response to the main pressures acting on UK kelp habitats for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
This report presents outcomes and conclusions resulting from work undertaken on behalf of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) to examine options and assess approaches to the development of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) indicators for the determination of shallow sublittoral rock habitat status in respect of achievement of Good Environmental Status (GES).
This report aims (using largely extant data) to define and validate the indicators for biogenic reef habitats formed by the horse mussel Modiolus modiolus, the blue mussel Mytilus edulis and the ross worm Sabellaria spinulosa as identified by Cochrane et al (2010).
The overall aim of this report was to develop several indicators of Good Environmental Status (GES) for UK intertidal rocky habitats for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) (2008/56/EC ).