Report 471
Analysis of seabed imagery from the 2011 survey of the Firth of Forth Banks Complex, the 2011 IBTS Q4 survey and additional deep-water sites from Marine Scotland Science surveys (2012)
(2014)
Allen, C., Axelsson, M. & Dewey, S.
The principal objective of the contract is to identify the fauna and characterise the habitats from the video and stills images, concluding with the assignment of biotopes in accordance with Connor et al (2004).
 

Introduction

 

The Scottish MPA Project is a joint project between Marine Scotland (Scottish Government), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Historic Scotland with the aim of providing advice to Scottish Ministers on the selection of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) under the Marine (Scotland) Act and the Marine and Coastal Access Act in the seas around Scotland.

 

Nature Conservation MPAs will be selected using a science-based approach, under-pinned by the presence of Search Features. The Nature Conservation MPAs will recognise features which are considered to be key and threatened and/or declining, and/or representing the range of features within Scotland’s seas.

 

As part of the process of identifying areas with Search Features, the JNCC commissioned Seastar Survey Ltd. in 2012 to undertake the taxonomic analysis of video footage and still photographs acquired from two surveys undertaken in 2011 and from a selection of Marine Scotland Science (MSS) deep-water survey stations:

  • The 2011 survey to the banks complex adjacent to the Firth of Forth aboard the NLV Pole Star.
  • The 2011 Quarter 4 International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS Q4) to the north and west of Scotland (shelf and slope) aboard the FRV Scotia.
  • A selection of MSS towed video datasets from surveys on the Hebridean slope, Rosemary Bank and Rockall Bank aboard the FRV Scotia.
 
 
ISSN 0963 8901
 
Please cite as: Allen, C., Axelsson, M. & Dewey, S., (2014), Analysis of seabed imagery from the 2011 survey of the Firth of Forth Banks Complex, the 2011 IBTS Q4 survey and additional deep-water sites from Marine Scotland Science surveys (2012), JNCC Report 471, ISSN 0963 8901