Report 470
Seabed imagery analysis from three Scottish offshore surveys: 2011 MSS IBTSQ3 survey, 2011 1111s FRV Scotia Rona-Windsock survey and 2011 MSS Rockall survey (2012)
(2014)
Goudge, H. & Morris, L.
In 2012 Marine EcoSol analysed imagery from three Scottish offshore surveys undertaken by the JNCC and Marine Scotland Science (MSS) staff in 2011, in order to locate Priority Marine Features (PMFs) in Scottish waters. The three surveys analysed were: the 2011 MSS IBTSQ3 survey (IBTSQ3), the 2011 1111s FRV Scotia Rona-Windsock survey and the 2011 MSS Rockall survey (Rockall). Both towed video data and still image data from all of the surveys was analysed, except for the Rockall survey which had no stills associated with it. This report was prepared from analysis conducted in 2012.
 

Introduction

 

JNCC joined the MSS IBTS Quarter 3 survey on the FRV Scotia in the North Sea in July/Aug 2011. Video and stills data were collected opportunistically by JNCC during the trawling downtime, providing broadscale coverage of areas of mostly mud and sandy habitats.

Survey 1111s was a dedicated MPA-related survey on the FRV Scotia to gather data for the Scottish Marine Protected Area (MPA) project. Fourteen survey areas were selected and 100% coverage of multibeam was acquired along with groundtruthing data including benthic grabs and seabed imagery. Seabed imagery comprised towed video and photographs.

During August and September 2011 JNCC took part in an MSS survey to Rockall Bank and undertook nine video transects during fish survey downtime.

 

 
ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: Goudge, H. & Morris, L., (2014), Seabed imagery analysis from three Scottish offshore surveys: 2011 MSS IBTSQ3 survey, 2011 1111s FRV Scotia Rona-Windsock survey and 2011 MSS Rockall survey (2012), JNCC Report 470, ISSN 0963 8091