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The use of harbour porpoise sightings data to inform the development of Special Areas of Conservation in UK waters 2015

Marine JNCC Publications 0963-8091 Cetacean Evidence JNCC report series Mammals Marine Marine Habitats Monitoring Species Species Status Surveillance and Monitoring UK Species 565

Abstract

Two types of data have been analysed to investigate whether persistent high density areas for harbour porpoise exist in UK waters; these are effort-related sea-based data (collected from ships and aircraft) and effort-related land-based data (collected from coastal locations).

The process resulted in a potential network of harbour porpoise sites within the UK portions of Management Units. The Welsh and Northern Ireland Governments, along with Defra on behalf of England and Secretary of State Offshore waters, gave approval for sites within their areas of jurisdiction to proceed to consultation.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2015·12·01

Citation
Inter-Agency Marine Mammal Working Group. 2015. The use of harbour porpoise sightings data to inform the development of Special Areas of Conservation in UK waters. JNCC Report, No. 565, ISSN 0963-8091

Lineage
This paper describes how harbour porpoise sightings' data were used by the UK’s country nature conservation bodies (CNCBs) to identify possible Special Areas of Conservation (SACs).

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·08·30

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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