Report 629
Design of a monitoring plan for the Southern North Sea candidate Special Area of Conservation and wider area
(2019)
Wilson, L.J., Booth, C.G., Burt, L., Verfuss, U.K. & Thomas, L.
The scope of this project was to design a robust monitoring approach to allow the collection of data on the distribution of harbour porpoise through time within the cSAC and the wider area, so that continued contribution of the cSAC to the species Conservation Status can be gauged.

Summary

 

Our approach to this study was to conduct desk-based reviews of the published and grey literature, to evaluate potential monitoring approaches, and use simulation studies to aid survey design in the context of detecting trends in population abundance.  We have used existing reviews of survey methodologies to inform our assessment, providing a high-level evaluation of the pros and cons, resolution, utility (via power analyses), practicalities and cost of each of the survey methods. 

 

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ISSN 0963-8091
 
Please cite as: Wilson, L.J., Booth, C.G., Burt, L., Verfuss, U.K. & Thomas, L., (2019), Design of a monitoring plan for the Southern North Sea candidate Special Area of Conservation and wider area, JNCC Report 629, ISSN 0963-8091