2016 Offshore Seabed Surveys
Below is a full list of JNCC's offshore seabed surveys for
Coquet to St Mary’s MCZ,
Dates: 22/04/2016 –
- JNCC staff participated on this survey, which
was led by Natural England and conducted onboard the RV Cefas
Endeavour. Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation
Authority (IFCA) were also involved.
- For more information, please see the
Coquet to St Mary's MCZ site designation information.
- The blog post for this survey, written by JNCC staff, is
available to read on our Offshore Survey
Images taken during
CEND0716. From left to right; rinsing out a Day grab sediment
sample prior to sifting; staff monitoring the drop
camera footage during the night shift; and a Day
grab containing a sediment sample. All images © Yolanda
Deep Links Project MPA Connectivity
Dates: 13/5/2016 – 23/6/2016
- JNCC is a partner on this
NERC-funded collaborative project between Plymouth University’s
Deep Sea CRU and the University of Oxford. The British Geological
Survey (BGS) is also a partner. This survey was conducted onboard
the NERC vessel RSS James Cook
- This survey investigated how
patterns of population connectivity vary with depths in the
deep-sea environment, and how this influences species
- Data was collected at 8
sites off Western Scotland: Anton Dohrn Seamount cSAC/SCI; North
West Rockall Bank cSAC/SCI; East Rockall Bank cSAC/SCI; George
Bligh Bank (not designated); Wyville Thomson Ridge cSAC/SCI; Darwin
Mounds SAC; Rosemary Bank Seamount NCMPA and The Barra Fan and
Hebrides Terrace Seamount NCMPA. Information on these sites can be
found through the Atlantic North-West Approaches offshore
- For more information check out
their website, Facebook
page and Twitter page.
From left to right;
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) ISIS being deployed during JC136
©Neil Golding/JNCC 2016; Deep Links Project logo; ROV operating
room during an ROV mission for JC136 © Neil Golding/JNCC
Swallow Sand MCZ and North East of
Farnes Deep MCZ, CEND1016
Dates: 17/05/2016 – 29/05/2016
- JNCC led on the planning for
this survey, which was conducted onboard the RV Cefas
- Grab sample and camera
sledge data were collected from within each of the habitats at both
Swallow Sand MCZ and North East of Farnes Deep MCZ in the North
Sea. The aim was to increase the sampling coverage for the sites.
Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data was also collected.
- A number of stations from the
2012 survey at both sites were re-visited to assess any changes in
Southern North Sea Sandbanks
Monitoring Survey Monitoring Survey
Dates: 31/05/2016 – 19/06/2016
From left to right: JNCC
and Cefas survey scientists onboard the Cefas Endeavour;
species sample processing; sediment grab sample processing.
All images © JNCC 2016.
International Dogger Bank
Geikie Slide and Hebridean Slope NCMPA
Dates: 18/07/2016 – 03/08/2016
From left to right:
Drop-camera deployment on the MRV Scotia; box core sample
processing; drop-camera seabed image from within Geikie Slide and
the Hebridean Slope NCMPA. Left and middle images © JNCC 2016,
right hand image © JNCC/MSS 2016.
Pisces Reef Complex cSAC/SCI survey,
Dates: 30/10/2016 – 09/11/2016
- This collaborative survey between JNCC and Cefas aimed to
gather evidence to assess the condition of the Annex I reef feature
at the Pisces Reef Complex cSAC/SCI.
- The survey collected Multibeam Echosounder (MBES) and
sub-bottom acoustic profile data across the site, and this was
groundtruthed by collecting seabed videos and still images.
Environmental data was also collected.
- The blog post updates for this survey can be read
Pisces Reef Complex survey section of the JNCC Offshore