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Identification of Priority Marine Features in Scottish offshore waters 2012

Marine JNCC Publications 0963-8091 Evidence Habitats Directive JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitats Marine protected area Species UK BAP 462



JNCC and Scottish Natural Heritage have worked together on behalf of Scottish Government to develop a prioritised list of marine features in Scotland, to underpin conservation action across Scottish Government’s ‘three-pillar approach’ to effective marine nature conservation as part of their Marine Nature Conservation Strategy.

In order to produce the list, referred to as the Priority Marine Features (PMFs) list, species and habitats on existing conservation schedules were assessed against criteria that considered whether a significant proportion of their population occur in Scotland’s seas, whether they are under threat or in decline and the functional role they play.

This report compliments the report produced by SNH that details the equivalent work undertaken in territorial waters (Howson et al 2012). It is envisaged that the combined PMF list will be used to support the advice SNH and JNCC provide on marine biodiversity, playing a role in the delivery of the new marine planning and licensing systems set out in the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Oceans

Reference date 2012·04·01

Joint Nature Conservation Committee. 2012. Identification of Priority Marine Features in Scotland’s seas. JNCC Report No. 462, JNCC, Peterborough.

This report details work undertaken to identify the list of recommended Priority Marine Features in Scottish offshore waters.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·05·21

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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