No.9 JNCC/Cefas Partnership Report Series - The Development of Monitoring Options for UK MPAs: Fladen Grounds R&D Case Study
(009 - 2016)
Murray, J., Jenkins, C., Eggleton, J., Whomersley, P., Robson, L., Flavell, B. & Hinchen, H.
The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, gave powers to Scottish Ministers to designate Nature Conservation MPAs in Scotland’s seas as part of a range of measures to manage and protect Scotland’s seas for current and future generations. JNCC and Scottish Natural Heritage applied the Site Selection Guidelines to identify NCMPAs that, together with existing protected areas, will form a network of MPAs.

 

Abstract

 
In July 2014, 30 Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NCMPAs) were designated in the seas around Scotland, of which 13 are located beyond 12 nautical miles. Introduced under the Marine (Scotland) Act (2010) for inshore waters, and the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) for offshore waters, NCMPAs have been introduced to ensure the full range of nationally important features in Scotland’s waters are represented in the MPA network.

The Central Fladen NCMPA in the Northern North Sea has been designated for the protection of the burrowed mud feature, including both the seapen and burrowing megafauna in circalittoral fine mud, and tall seapen components, and for the sub-glacial tunnel valley representative of the Fladen Deeps Key Geodiversity Area. Burrowed mud habitats, such as those found within the Fladen grounds, are classified as moderately sensitive to shallow abrasion/penetration of the seabed, typically inflicted by bottom-contact fishing gears (Brooks et al 2013).
 
JNCC and Cefas completed a survey in March 2014 to collect evidence to support development of monitoring options, specifically for the Central Fladen NCMPA and, more generally, for offshore mud habitats..
 
 
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A4, 119pp
ISSN 2051-6711
 
Please cite as: Murray, J., Jenkins, C., Eggleton, J., Whomersley, P., Robson, L., Flavell, B. & Hinchen, H., (009 - 2016), No.9 JNCC/Cefas Partnership Report Series - The Development of Monitoring Options for UK MPAs: Fladen Grounds R&D Case Study, A4, 119pp, ISSN 2051-6711