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CEND0719 Survey Report: Monitoring Survey of Greater Haig Fras MCZ 2020

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Abstract

Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are designed to meet conservation objectives under the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009). These sites will also contribute to an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) across the North-east Atlantic, as agreed under the Oslo Paris (OSPAR) Convention and other international commitments to which the UK is a signatory.

The scale and potential cost of monitoring all biodiversity across UK waters necessitated the development of an overarching strategy to ensure that monitoring is prioritised effectively, and robust monitoring data are collected using standardised approaches. This strategy categorised monitoring approaches into three ‘types of monitoring’ which are described by (Kröger & Johnston, 2016) . Broadly, these are defined as: Sentinel monitoring of long-term trends (Type 1); Operational monitoring of pressure-state relationships (Type 2); and Investigative monitoring to determine management needs and effectiveness (Type 3).

JNCC and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) completed an offshore seabed Type 1 monitoring survey of Greater Haig Fras (GHGF) MCZ in 2019, to acquire data to support monitoring of the designated features of the MCZ. This report describes the survey activities undertaken.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2020·07·07

Citation
Wood, D., Taylor, J., Sperry, J. & Downie, A. 2020. CEND0719 Survey Report: Monitoring Survey of Greater Haig Fras MCZ. JNCC/Cefas Partnership Report No. 30, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 2051-6711.

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JNCC and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) completed an offshore seabed Type 1 monitoring survey of Greater Haig Fras MCZ onboard the Research Vessel (RV) Cefas Endeavour between 24 May and 13 June 2019 (CEND0719).

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·07·07

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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