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1517S Cruise Report - Monitoring survey of North-east Faroe Shetland Channel NCMPA, Wyville Thomson Ridge SAC & West Shetland Shelf NCMPA 2019

Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey Protected Areas 0963-8091 Evidence Habitats JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitats Marine protected area Monitoring Surveillance and Monitoring 632 Cores Grabs Marine Research Vessel Scotia still and video imagery Towed video Video Tows West Shetland Shelf NCMPA Wyville Thomson Ridge cSAC/SCI, Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt NCMPA


A preliminary report an offshore seabed survey on the Marine Research Vessel Scotia from 20 October 2017 to 9 November 2017.


The aim of the 1517S survey was to gather initial data for a site monitoring time-series for North-east Faroe Shetland Channel Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area, Wyville Thomson Ridge Special Area of Conservation and West Shetland Shelf Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area. The survey gathered evidence to inform assessment of the condition of the protected features of the site for comparison against future data to monitor the rate and direction of any changes. This will allow assessment of the long-term effectiveness of current proposed management measures.

Please note that observations made in this Cruise Report represent preliminary field observations which precede quality controlled data analysis. These observations have not been subject to JNCC’s Evidence Quality Assurance procedures. This disclaimer should be included when referencing this Cruise Report.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·06·01

Taylor, J., O’Connor, J., Golding, N., Last, E., Drewery, J. & Boulcott, P., (2019), 1517S Cruise Report: Monitoring survey of North-east Faroe Shetland Channel NCMPA, Wyville Thomson Ridge SAC & West Shetland Shelf NCMPA, JNCC Report No. 632, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

North-east Faroe Shetland Channel and Wyville Thomson Ridge were selected by JNCC and MSS as high priority sites for MPA monitoring survey effort in 2017/18. West Shetland Shelf was identified as a moderate weather contingency option during survey planning.

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Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC publisher

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Metadata date 2019·06·28

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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