The use of harbour porpoise sightings data to inform the development of Special Areas of Conservation in UK waters 2015
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).
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.
The use of harbour porpoise sightings data to inform the development of Special Areas of Conservation in UK waters
2.4 MB JNCCReport565-TheUseOfSightingsDataToInformTheDevelopmentOfSACs-web.pdf
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2015·12·01
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
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Metadata date 2019·05·13
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