Report 512A
Assessing the sensitivity of subtidal sedimentary habitats to pressures associated with marine activities - Phase 1 Report
(2014)
Tillin, H. & Tyler-Walters, H.
JNCC commissioned this project to generate an improved understanding of the sensitivities of subtidal sedimentary habitats, found in UK waters, to pressures associated with human activities in the marine environment. This work will contribute to supporting management advice provided for Marine Protected Areas, as well as UK marine monitoring and assessment work.
 

Introduction

 

This report presents the results of Phase I of this project, which was to provide a rationale and propose ecological groupings (based on characterising species) against which sensitivity assessments would be best undertaken.

These ecological groups were to be based on 33 Level 5 biotopes that fall under Level 2 ‘sublittoral sediment’ of the current version of the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (Connor et al 2004). A further two Level 6 sub-biotopes were included as these contained distinctive characterising species not included in the Level 5 parent biotope. 

 
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Please cite as: Tillin, H. & Tyler-Walters, H., (2014), Assessing the sensitivity of subtidal sedimentary habitats to pressures associated with marine activities - Phase 1 Report, JNCC Report 512A, ISSN 0963 8901