Report 580
1515S Cruise Report: Monitoring survey of East of Gannet and Montrose Fields and Norwegian Boundary Sediment Plain Scottish Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas
(2016)
O'Connor, J.
JNCC and Marine Scotland Science (MSS) undertook an offshore seabed survey of East of Gannet and Montrose Fields and Norwegian Boundary Sediment Plain Scottish Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NCMPAs) on the Marine Research Vessel Scotia (survey code 1515S) from 19 October 2015 to 2 November 2015.
 

Introduction

 
The aim of the 1515S survey was to gather the initial dataset of a site monitoring time-series for East of Gannet and Montrose Fields, and Norwegian Boundary Sediment Plain, NCMPAs.  The data collected will be used to inform appropriate future monitoring at these sites to enable assessment of change (e.g. in distribution, extent and/or condition of features) and to contribute information on the habitats found at these sites for more general habitat-specific assessments (e.g. under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive).

Two hundred and seventy-six large Hamon grab (0.25m2 surface area) samples from East of Gannet and Montrose Fields, and Norwegian Boundary Sediment Plain, NCMPAs (156 and 120 grab samples respectively) and 57 camera sledge transects at East of Gannet and Montrose Fields NCMPA were successfully completed.

 

 
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ISSN 0963 8901
 
Please cite as: O'Connor, J., (2016), 1515S Cruise Report: Monitoring survey of East of Gannet and Montrose Fields and Norwegian Boundary Sediment Plain Scottish Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas, JNCC Report 580, ISSN 0963 8901