Report 499
Monitoring, assessment and reporting of UK benthic habitats: A rationalised list
(2014)
Robson, L.
The UK has responsibilities under a number of different legislative obligations to survey and monitor marine biodiversity across UK waters, and to assess and report on the conservation status of this biodiversity. Such assessments will provide evidence on the state of biodiversity both within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and across the wider UK marine environment and identify where progress is being made in its protection.
 

Introduction

The aim of this work was to generate a rationalised list of benthic habitats which represents the minimum number of habitats for which we require information to complete the assessments and reports required under different obligations. The resultant list (Table 2) details 76 habitats which can be used as the main reference list of habitats for monitoring, assessment and reporting purposes by the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (SNCBs) and other nature conservation agencies as required.
 
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ISSN 0963 8901
 
Please cite as: Robson, L., (2014), Monitoring, assessment and reporting of UK benthic habitats: A rationalised list, JNCC Report 499, ISSN 0963 8901