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Cruise Report: 1714S Solan Bank Reef SCI survey 2015

Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey Seabed Habitats and Geology 0963-8091 JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitat Mapping Marine Habitats Marine Strategy Framework Directive Monitoring Surveillance and Monitoring 577 Drop camera Solan Bank Reef cSAC/SCI Solan Bank Reef SCI still and video imagery Towed video Video Tows


Solan Bank Reef SCI is located approximately 50 km north of Cape Wrath on the Scottish mainland. The site represents the Annex I reef sub-types ‘bedrock’ and ‘stony’ reef. JNCC and Marine Scotland Science undertook an offshore seabed survey of the site in 2014.

The survey was planned with the aim of evaluating whether sponge morphological abundance can be sufficiently measured from drop-down camera images and videos, to inform development of a national indicator of ‘Good Environmental Status’ as part of the UK’s obligations under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The proposed indicator is one of a suite of indicators aimed at assessing the status of shallow sub-littoral rock habitats at the regional scale across UK waters, and focusses on changes in sponge morphological diversity and epifaunal diversity in response to natural variables and human-induced pressures.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Oceans

Reference date 2015·12·01

O'Connor, J. 2015. Cruise Report: 1714S Solan Bank Reef SCI survey. JNCC Report No. 577, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963 8091.

JNCC and Marine Scotland Science undertook an offshore seabed survey of Solan Bank Reef Site of Community Importance, on the MRV Scotia, between 28 October and 9 November 2014.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·07·20

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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