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Central Fladen MPA Video Analysis Report on Imagery Analysis, Density Assessments and Results 2021


Marine Scotland Science (MSS) collect Nephrops underwater television (UWTV) footage annually. Data from 2019 and 2020, collected inside and adjacent to Central Fladen Marine Protected Area (MPA) by MRV Scotia (ICES 2020), was made available to JNCC.

Approximately four and a half hours of footage from 27 video stations was analysed in BIIGLE to identify transects where the Burrowed mud (Sea pens and burrowing megafauna and tall sea pen components) Priority Marine Feature (PMF) was present. Video imagery was analysed to assign broadscale habitats and biotopes from the ‘Marine habitat classification of Britain and Ireland’ version 15.3 (MNCR), identify conspicuous taxa, record evidence of human impacts, calculate the density of burrows and sea pens at each station, and evaluate the extent to which the analysis results could be used to assess the Burrowed mud and Sea pen and Burrowing Megafauna Communities features.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2021·09·01

Benson, A., Boblin, E., Sotheran, I., O’Connor, J. & Weetman, A. 2021. Central Fladen MPA Video Analysis Report on Imagery Analysis, Density Assessments and Results. JNCC-MSS Partnership Report No. 7. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 2634-2081.

Marine Scotland Science provided the Nephrops UWTV footage used in this project, collected via the MRV Scotia cruises 0819S and 0820S to Central Fladen Marine Protected Area (MPA)..

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2021·09·02

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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