1219S Cruise Report: Monitoring survey of West Shetland Shelf Marine Protected Area and adjacent areas 2020
Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey Seabed Habitats and Geology 2634-2081 Marine Habitats Marine protected area JNCC-MSS JNCC-MSS 3 Drop camera Grabs Multibeam echo sounder West Shetland Shelf NCMPA
The aim of the 1219S survey was to acquire a robust initial monitoring dataset that will contribute to the development of a monitoring time-series for West Shetland Shelf (WSS), against which the rate and direction of any change in the condition of the MPA features can be assessed.
Repeated surveys will allow the long-term variability in any parameters measured to be quantified over time. Further, this dataset will help to determine the effectiveness of any management measures that may be implemented. Data from this survey will form part of a monitoring time series, and future repeated monitoring and evidence gathering will be required to fully investigate and understand the long-term variability in any parameters measured. By also collecting data from areas outside the WSS boundary, it may be possible to determine whether any observed change is due to management measures applied within the site, or a more widespread trend in a Before/After/Control/Impact study.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2020·06·30
Albrecht, J. & Stirling, D. 2020. 1219S Cruise Report: Monitoring survey of West Shetland Shelf Marine Protected Area and adjacent areas. JNCC/MSS Partnership Report No. 3, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 2634-2081.
JNCC and Marine Scotland Science undertook a seabed monitoring survey of West Shetland Shelf Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area and adjacent areas between 26 August and 11 September 2019, aboard the MRV Scotia.
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Metadata date 2020·11·05
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