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Marine Conservation Zone Benthic Community Analysis (August 2016) 2016


This report provides details of the common methodology and approach adopted for marine community analysis.


This includes methods for the data handling and analysis of infaunal and epifaunal datasets, how the epifaunal data was used to support the infaunal analysis and how any associated geophysical acoustic data were used to provide contextual information.

Seven of the MCZ sites surveyed were prioritised for biotope classification using benthic community statistical analysis.

The MCZ/rMCZ Sites analysed were:

  • Holderness Offshore rMCZ

  • Inner Bank rMCZ

  • North-West of Jones Bank MCZ

  • South of the Isles of Scilly rMCZ

  • Farnes East MCZ

  • Greater Haig Fras MCZ

  • Offshore Overfalls MCZ

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2016·08·31

Sotheran, I., Welch, R., Benson, A. & Jones, L., (2016), Marine Conservation Zone Benthic Community Analysis, JNCC Report No. 595, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Defra commissioned a range of research to collect information on the marine environment within offshore Marine Conservation Zones. These data were gathered to provide evidence to underpin the MCZ designation or site recommendation.

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·07·19

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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