Report 528
Analysis of biological data from the JC060 survey of areas of conservation interest in deep waters off north and west Scotland
(2014)
Howell, K.L., Huvenne, V., Piechaud, N., Robert, K. & Ross, R.E.
The JC060 cruise was the first, dedicated, deep-water habitat-mapping cruise of the MAREMAP initiative (UK Marine Environmental Mapping Programme). MAREMAP is an initiative aiming to promote integrated surveys by the following NERC organisations and partners: the National Oceanography Centre (NOC); the British Geological Survey (BGS); and the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), the University of Southampton, Channel Coastal Observatory, Plymouth University (PU), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). The MAREMAP cruise aimed to target four areas of study: the Darwin Mounds in the North Rockall Trough, East Rockall Bank Cliff habitats, the Hatton Basin polygonal faults and fisheries impacts on North-West Rockall Bank.
 

Introduction

 
The overall objectives of the survey were to investigate the response of deep-sea benthic ecosystems to spatial and temporal variability in environmental parameters. To increase the scientific knowledge towards the sustainable management of the deep ocean and to investigate the formation of polygonal fault systems, and the potential association with fluid flow processes.
 
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ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: Howell, K.L., Huvenne, V., Piechaud, N., Robert, K. & Ross, R.E., (2014), Analysis of biological data from the JC060 survey of areas of conservation interest in deep waters off north and west Scotland, JNCC Report 528, ISSN 0963 8091