Report 608
Marine Conservation Zone Benthic Community Analysis
Sotheran, I., Benson, A. & Johnston, C.M.
This report provides details of the common methodology and approach adopted for seabed community analysis, including methods for the data handling and analysis of infaunal and epifaunal datasets, how epifaunal data was used to support the analysis and how associated geophysical acoustic data were used to provide contextual information.


Defra commissioned a range of research to collect information on the marine environment within offshore Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). These data were gathered to provide evidence to underpin the MCZ designation or site recommendation. Surveys were undertaken to characterise the seabed habitats and their associated communities and enable broad-scale mapping to inform decisions for marine nature conservation.


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ISSN 0963-8901
Please cite as: Sotheran, I., Benson, A. & Johnston, C.M., (2017), Marine Conservation Zone Benthic Community Analysis, JNCC Report 608, ISSN 0963-8901