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The UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Strategy 2016

Marine Seabed Habitats and Geology UK Biodiversity


In order to fulfil the UK's national and international obligations for clean, healthy and productive seas, assessing and monitoring the state of our seas is of high importance. JNCC, in co-operation with the country nature conservation bodies (CNCBs) developed the UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Strategy in order to help designing a scheme for monitoring the different biodiversity components in a cost-efficient and integrative way.

As part of this overarching Strategy, monitoring options have been developed for the various biodiversity components (benthic habitats, plankton, fish & cephalopods, seals, seabirds, cetaceans and ecosystem processes & functions) which have been identified for the development of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) biodiversity descriptors.

Because monitoring can fulfil different objectives (e.g.,what is the state/is there a change in the state of a species/area to be monitored, or do existing management measures fulfil their objectives?) a set of Monitoring Types was developed. Each type answers different objectives and is best suited to different survey designs.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Oceans

Reference date 2016··

This document presents a UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Strategy as an overarching working document providing the necessary context for the development of UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Program

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·02·28

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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