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North-East Faroe-Shetland Channel Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area (MPA) Monitoring Report 2022

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Abstract

The North-East Faroe-Shetland Channel Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area, hereafter referred to as “NEFSC”, is part of a network of nationally designated sites designed to meet conservation objectives under and the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. These sites contribute to an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas across the North-east Atlantic, as agreed under the OSPAR Convention and other international commitments to which the UK is a signatory.

The aim of this report is to explore and describe the protected habitat features within the NEFSC and test a number of hypotheses using the evidence collected during the first dedicated monitoring survey of NEFSC, conducted in 2017. The report explores the data acquired from the survey, which will aim to form the first point in a monitoring time series of the Priority Marine Feature deep-sea sponge aggregations against which changes and trends in feature condition can be assessed in the future. The data will also inform the development of an effective site and feature-specific monitoring approach for the site.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2022·07·01

Citation
Gallyot, J., McBreen, F. & Hope, V. 2022. North-East Faroe-Shetland Channel Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area (MPA) Monitoring Report. JNCC-MSS Partnership Report No. 6, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 2634-2081.

Lineage
This report is based on a dedicated monitoring survey (1517S) which was conducted at NEFSC onboard MRV Scotia during October and November 2017.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2022·07·14

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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