Report 524
Marine Strategy Framework Directive Shallow Sublittoral Rock Indicators for Fragile Sponges and Anthozoan Assemblages
(2014)
Haynes, T., Bell, J., Saunders, G., Irving, R., Williams, J.& Bell, G.
This report presents outcomes and conclusions resulting from work undertaken on behalf of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) to examine options and assess approaches to the development of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) indicators for the determination of shallow sublittoral rock habitat status in respect of achievement of Good Environmental Status (GES).
 

Introduction

 
The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) (Directive 2008/56/EC) was formally adopted by the European Union in July 2008. It forms the environmental pillar of the EU’s Integrated European Maritime Policy and compliments the economic and social aspects of this policy. The MSFD outlines a legislative framework for an ecosystem-based approach to the management of human activities that supports the sustainable use of marine goods and services. The overarching goal of the Directive is to achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ (GES) by 2020 across Europe’s marine environment.
 
This project was tasked with addressing Commission Indicator 1.6.1 - Condition of the typical species and communities. Indicator feasibility and ease of application in the field was investigated in the context of relevant existing data. In addition, the development process for the proposed indicators, termed ‘supporting indicators’, took into account one of the key MSFD requirements for responsiveness to anthropogenic pressures, thereby providing an evidence-base for a management response in the event of a detection of undesirable status.
 
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ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: Haynes, T., Bell, J., Saunders, G., Irving, R., Williams, J.& Bell, G., (2014), Marine Strategy Framework Directive Shallow Sublittoral Rock Indicators for Fragile Sponges and Anthozoan Assemblages, JNCC Report 524, ISSN 0963 8091