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Applying the OSPAR habitat definition of deep-sea sponge aggregations to verify suspected records of the habitat in UK waters 2014

Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey Seabed Habitats and Geology 0963-8091 Evidence JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitats Monitoring Surveillance and Monitoring 508 OSPAR threatened/declining habitats Hatton Rockall Basin NCMPA Hatton-Rockall Basin NCMPA

Abstract

In order to improve our knowledge of the deep-sea habitat in UK waters, this study was undertaken to further characterise and verifiy suspected records of deep-sea sponge aggregations by applying the habitat definition provided by OSPAR (OSPAR, 2010). A total of 111 suspected records were assessed from areas including the Faroe-Shetland Channel, Wyville Thomson Ridge, Rockall Bank, Rosemary Bank Seamount, Hatton Bank, the Hebrides continental slope, George Bligh Bank and the Hatton-Rockall Basin.

The results from this study will be used to assist in the identification of Marine Protected Areas in UK waters for deep-sea sponge aggregations, as well as in the development of further work areas concerning the conservation of habitats in UK waters.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2014·02·01

Citation
Henry, L.A. & Roberts J.M. 2014. Applying the OSPAR habitat definition of deep-sea sponge aggregations to verify suspected records of the habitat in UK waters, JNCC Report No. 508. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
This study was undertaken to improve knowledge of the deep-sea habitat in UK waters, to further characterise and verifiy suspected records of deep-sea sponge aggregations by applying the habitat definition provided by OSPAR

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·11·01

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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