Ecological Quality Objectives (EcoQOs)

A series of EcoQOs are being developed for the North Sea that aim to provide a means of assessing the ecological status of the North Sea ecosystem. EcoQOs are being developed for aspects of the sea mammal, seabird, fish, benthic and plankton communities together with habitats, nutrient budgets, oxygen consumption and threatened species. The EcoQOs are at various stages of development and the EcoQO project as a whole is being evaluated before deciding whether to move to an implementation phase. JNCC has led the development of EcoQOs for seals, harbour porpoises and black-legged kittiwakes.