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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.
There is compelling evidence that atmospheric deposition of reactive nitrogen represents a major threat to biodiversity in Europe.
The purpose of this study is to produce a series of Conceptual Ecological Models (CEMs) that represent the Shallow Sublittoral Coarse Sediment Habitat in the UK. CEMs are diagrammatic representations of the influences and processes that occur within an ecosystem. They can be used to identify critical aspects of an ecosystem that may be taken forward for further study, or serve as the basis for the selection of indicators for environmental monitoring purposes. The models produced by this project are ‘control diagrams’, representing the state of the environment free from adverse anthropogenic impacts and pressures.
This report provides JNCC's scientific advice to Marine Scotland on broad issues raised in 40 consultation reponses, as well as our scientific advice in response to questions on pMPAs located within Scotland's offshore waters.
This report describes the technical procedures for the population of an SQL Server Spatial database, with data provided by third party Web Feature Services (WFS), taking into account INSPIRE specifications.
The outputs from this study will support JNCC in its goal of embedding the ecosystem services framework in decision making.
JNCC commissioned this project to generate an improved understanding of the sensitivities of subtidal sedimentary habitats, found in UK waters, to pressures associated with human activities in the marine environment. This work will contribute to supporting management advice provided for Marine Protected Areas, as well as UK marine monitoring and assessment work.
In order to improve our knowledge of the deep-sea habitat in UK waters, this study was undertaken to further characterise and verifiy suspected records of deep-sea sponge aggregations by applying the habitat definition provided by OSPAR (OSPAR, 2010). A total of 111 suspected records were assessed from areas including the Faroe-Shetland Channel, Wyville Thomson Ridge, Rockall Bank, Rosemary Bank Seamount, Hatton Bank, the Hebrides continental slope, George Bligh Bank and the Hatton-Rockall Basin.