2017 Offshore Seabed Surveys

 

Below is a current list of JNCC's offshore seabed surveys for 2017:

 

Wight-Barfleur Reef cSAC/SCI and Bassurelle Sandbank cSAC/SCI, CEND0617

Dates: 19/04/2017 – 04/05/2017

North-West of Jones Bank MCZ and The Canyons MCZ, CEND0917

Dates: 20/05/2017 – 15/06/2017

  • This was a collaborative survey between JNCC and Cefas and was also conducted onboard the RV Cefas Endeavour
  • At North-West of Jones Bank MCZ, a Day grab was used to collect sediment samples and a camera sledge collected seabed imagery. Biogeochemistry samples were also taken using a NIOZ corer. 
  • At The Canyons MCZ, a NIOZ corer was used to sample sediments on the interfluves and a drop-camera was used to collect video and stills data. Biogeochemistry samples were also taken using a NIOZ corer. Imagery data was collected within the Dangeard and Explorer canyons at a range of depths down to 1800m.
  • For more information on the sites, please see the Site Information Centres for North-West of Jones Bank MCZ and The Canyons MCZ
  • Blog posts with images of the deep-sea fauna seen at The Canyons MCZ can be seen on the JNCC Offshore Survey Blog

Wyville-Thomson Ridge cSAC/SCI and North-east Faroe-Shetland Channel NCMPA, 1517S

Dates: 20/10/2017 – 09/11/2017

  • This was a collaborative survey between JNCC and Marine Scotland Science, and was conducted onboard the MRV Scotia
  • At North-east Faroe Shetland Channel NCMPA, the survey team undertook grab sampling in areas of offshore Subtidal sands and gravels and Offshore deep-sea muds. Camera work was also conducted for  the deep-sea sponge aggregations.  At the second MPA (Wyville Thomson Ridge SAC), further camera work was completed,  primarily focusing on the Annex I Reefs. Environmental data was also collected at both sites. Contingency grab sampling was also undertaken at West Shetland Shelf NCMPA 
  • More information on the survey plan can be found on this Marine Scotland blog
  • For more information on the sites, please see the Site Information Centres for Wyville-Thomson Ridge cSAC/SCI, North-east Faroe-Shetland Channel NCMPA (and West Shetland Shelf NCMPA)
  • JNCC scientist blog posts from the survey can be read on the JNCC Offshore Survey  Blog

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