Monitoring Tools

 

The Marine Monitoring Method Finder

The Marine Monitoring Method Finder brings together a wide range of monitoring method guidelines and procedures published by government agencies, expert panels, collaborative working groups, international standards groups and universities. These are made readily accessible via a search bar and downloadable spreadsheet tool. The collection of guidelines and procedures represent the most up-to-date marine monitoring standards and advice recognised by the JNCC.

 

The Marine Monitoring Handbook

JNCC led and co-ordinated the preparation of the Marine Monitoring Handbook, which was published in March 2001 following the Marine Nature Conservation Review (MNCR). The handbook addresses the principles behind and procedures for monitoring Annex I habitats, and selected Annex II species, within marine Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) to assess their condition in accordance with the relevant requirements of the EC Habitats Directive and the Common Standards for Monitoring guidance. At present, the Marine Monitoring R&D Programme is beginning an update of this work, which will involve producing a central online portal providing links to up-to-date monitoring protocols and procedures.

 

Common Standards for Monitoring

One of JNCC's special functions is to establish common standards throughout the UK for monitoring nature conservation. The aim of implementing common standards is to ensure a consistent, integrated, UK wide approach. Therefore guidance has been produced to implement Common Standards for Monitoring in the marine environment. The aim of this guidance is to enable results from different types of interest feature and from different geographically variable locations to be comparable; to provide continuity between field officers with differences in expertise and experience and; to provide advice on the implementation of CSM for monitoring Special Areas of Conservation (SACs).