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Assessing the sensitivity of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) to pressures associated with human activities 2014

Marine Human Activities JNCC Publications Pressures Extraction – Sand and gravel (aggregates) 0963-8091 Evidence Invertebrates JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitats Monitoring Species Surveillance and Monitoring 506 OSPAR threatened/declining habitats

Abstract

JNCC commissioned this project to generate an improved understanding of the sensitivities of blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) beds, found in UK waters, to pressures associated with human activities in the marine environment. The work will provide an evidence base that will facilitate and support management advice for Marine Protected Areas, development of UK marine monitoring and assessment, and conservation advice to offshore marine industries.

Blue mussel beds are identified as a Habitat of Principle Importance (HPI) under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006, as a Priority Marine Feature (PMF) under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, and are included on the OSPAR (Annex V) list of threatened and declining species and habitats.

The purpose of this project was to produce sensitivity assessments for the blue mussel biotopes included within the HPI, PMF and OSPAR habitat definitions, and clearly document the supporting evidence behind the assessments and any differences between them.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2014·07·01

Citation
Mainwaring, K., Tillin, H. & Tyler-Walters, H. 2014. Assessing the sensitivity of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) to pressures associated with human activities, JNCC Report No. 506. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
This project was commissioned to generate an improved understanding of the sensitivities of blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) beds, found in UK waters, to pressures associated with human activities in the marine environment.

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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