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Broadscale seabed habitat survey of a sandbank to the East of the Isle of Man 2008

Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey Seabed Habitats and Geology 0963-8091 Evidence Habitats Directive JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitat Mapping Marine Habitats Marine protected area Surveillance and Monitoring 409 Grabs ROV Side scan sonar Side-scan sonar still and video imagery Towed video Video Tows


An area of shallow sandbank in UK offshore waters to the east of the Isle of Man was considered as a potential offshore SAC (Special Area of Conservation) in 2004. Following initial discussions the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD, subsequently the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute – AFBI) offered the use of the research vessel RV Lough Foyle to conduct an initial Acoustic Ground Discrimination System (AGDS) and infauna survey.

Following this survey, two additional surveys were undertaken by AFBI using the RV Corystes which were co-funded by JNCC. This work was undertaken in support of the AFBI project 0431; “Sensitivity of Benthic Habitats in the NW Irish Sea and Malin Shelf”.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2008·08·01

Mitchell, A., Mellor, A., Strong, J. & Service, M. 2008. Broadscale seabed habitat survey of a sandbank to the east of the Isle of Man, JNCC Report No. 409. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

The report identifies a number of biotopes and sediment types in UK offshore waters to the east of the Isle of Man and justifies the selection of these biotope classifications with illustrative data.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·05·18

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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