Report 462
Identification of Priority Marine Features in Scottish offshore waters
(2012)
JNCC
This report details work undertaken to identify the list of recommended Priority Marine Features in Scottish offshore waters by JNCC.

Summary

 
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have been working together on behalf of Scottish Government to develop a prioritised list of marine features in Scotland to underpin conservation action across Scottish Government’s ‘three-pillar approach’ to effective marine nature conservation as part of their Marine Nature Conservation Strategy.
 

In order to produce the list, referred to as the Priority Marine Features (PMFs) list, species and habitats on existing conservation schedules were assessed against criteria that considered whether a significant proportion of their population occur in Scotland’s seas, whether they are under threat or in decline and the functional role they play.

 

This report details work undertaken to identify the list of recommended PMFs in Scottish offshore waters by JNCC and compliments the report produced by SNH that details the equivalent work undertaken in territorial waters (Howson et al 2012).

 

It is envisaged that the combined PMF list will be used to support the advice SNH and JNCC provide on marine biodiversity, playing a role in the delivery of the new marine planning and licensing systems set out in the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

 
 
 
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ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: JNCC, (2012), Identification of Priority Marine Features in Scottish offshore waters, JNCC Report 462, ISSN 0963 8091