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Mid Irish Sea reefs habitat mapping report 2008

Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey Seabed Habitats and Geology 0963-8091 Evidence Habitats Directive JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitat Mapping Marine Habitats 411 Habitats Directive - Annex I Drop camera Mid-Irish Sea Area of Search Multibeam echo sounder Multi-beam echo sounder still and video imagery Towed video Video Tows


To investigate and characterise the habitats and biotopes of an area of potential reef in the mid Irish Sea, a new acoustic survey and biological survey was undertaken in November 2006 and January 2007. The extent and distribution of the habitats and communities with the target area were mapped, and an assessment was made as to whether any of the habitats found fit within the interpretation of Annex I reef according to the Habitats Directive.

Survey cruises were undertaken in November 2006 and January 2007 onboard the University Marine Biological Station, Millport (UMBSM) Research Vessel Aora, with specialists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), ERT (Scotland) Ltd (ERT), UMBSM and Seatronics Ltd. In discussion with JNCC, the survey area was split into three sections covering the northern, central and southern patches of potential reef identified by the British Geological Survey.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Oceans

Reference date 2008·08·01

Dalkin, M. 2008. Mid Irish Sea reefs habitat mapping project. JNCC Report No. 411, JNCC, Peterborough.

The aim of this report was to improve understanding of the habitats and communities present in an area of the Irish Sea identified as potentially containing Annex I reef habitat according to the Habitats Directive.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·05·18

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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