Report 508
Applying the OSPAR habitat definition of deep-sea sponge aggregations to verify suspected records of the habitat in UK waters
(2014)
Henry, L.A. & Roberts J.M.
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.
 

Introduction

 

The results from this study will be used to assist in the identification of Marine Protected Areas in UK waters for deep-sea sponge aggregations, as well as in the development of further work areas concerning the conservation of habitats in UK waters.

 
 
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ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: Henry, L.A. & Roberts J.M., (2014), Applying the OSPAR habitat definition of deep-sea sponge aggregations to verify suspected records of the habitat in UK waters, JNCC Report 508, ISSN 0963 8091