Refining the criteria for defining areas with a ‘low resemblance’ to Annex I stony reef 2020
On 14 May 2020, JNCC hosted a workshop with the country nature conservation bodies (CNCBs) to further refine the definition of the Habitats Directive Annex I habitat stony reef. The workshop was organised to discuss and further refine guidance for defining areas with a ‘low resemblance’ to Annex I stony reef. Since 2008, the original guidance on defining stony reef (Irving 2009) had been used extensively; applied within the inshore (<12 nm) and offshore (beyond 12 nm) UK waters, it has been used for tasks ranging from identifying Annex I stony reef through to dealing with appropriate assessments for casework.
The CNCBs reported on the range of Annex I stony reef in their respective regions, within and outwith their Marine Protected Area networks; and provided feedback on particular challenges they had experienced using the existing stony reef guidance. New concepts were presented and explored using available information on biota to help differentiate various classes of Annex I stony reef. The concept of patchiness was also explored in more detail, following research that had taken place after the initial stony reef workshop in 2008. Overarching guidance was developed which will assist practitioners in using the stony reef guidance in a more structured and repeatable way.
Recommendations coming out of the workshop, and agreed by all participants, will ensure that these new concepts discussed will be tested over the coming year in a variety of different biogeographical regions, ensuring their compatibility across inshore and offshore waters, and with a view to potentially integrating these concepts into further refinement of the Annex I stony reef guidance into the future.
The original guidance (Irving 2009) was published as JNCC Report No. 432, as proceedings of a workshop held in Peterborough on 26 and 27 March 2008.
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Topic category Oceans
Reference date 2020·08·01
Golding. N., Albrecht. J. & McBreen. F. 2020. Refining criteria for defining areas with a ‘low resemblance’ to Annex I stony reef: Workshop Report. JNCC Report No. 656, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
JNCC hosted a workshop with the country nature conservation bodies in May 2020 to further refine the definition of Annex I stony reef.
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Metadata date 2020·09·10
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