Report 526
Mapping habitats and biotopes from acoustic datasets to strengthen the information base of Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters – Phase 2
(2014)
Sotheran, I. & Crawford-Avis, O.
A project to generate seabed habitat maps for locations coinciding with Scottish possible Nature Conservation MPAs. This Phase 2 report is focused on using a top-down/rule based methodology and looks at the Eastern approaches to the Firth of Forth.
 

Introduction


The objective of this project was to generate seabed habitat maps for locations coinciding with Scottish possible Nature Conservation MPAs with full coverage acoustic datasets to as detailed a hierarchical level as possible within the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (version 04.05), also known as MNCR classification (Connor et al 2004).
 
Phase one of the project focused on four areas, Approaches to the Firth of Forth, Wee Bankie to Gourdon, Solan Bank to Fair Isle and the West Shetland Shelf possible MPA. Phase 1 investigated a range of mapping methods whereas phase 2 is focused on using a top-down/rule based methodology and is focused on two areas, The Eastern approaches to the Firth of Forth and an area surveyed by Ifremer (The Barra Fan and Hebrides Terrace Seamount). This report deals with the Eastern approaches to the Firth of Forth with the Hebrides Terrace Seamount area being reported separately.
 
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ISSN 0963 8901
 
Please cite as: Sotheran, I. & Crawford-Avis, O., (2014), Mapping habitats and biotopes from acoustic datasets to strengthen the information base of Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters – Phase 2, JNCC Report 526, ISSN 0963 8901