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Developing appropriate, and ecologically significant, sampling units for broad scale monitoring of fisheries activity using up to date Vessel Monitoring System data 2015


This report investigates how available data on fishing activity, obtained from Vessel Monitoring Systems, can be used within the UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring R&D Programme.


The UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring R&D Programme aims to deliver status and trend information, capable of detecting change in the condition of marine habitats and species across the whole UK marine environment, both within protected sites and outside. The Programme is led by JNCC on behalf of the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies and delivered through the UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS).

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2015·01·01

Jenkins, C., Nelson, M., Whormersley, P., Johnson, G., Cameron, A., Barry, J., Eggleton, J., Church, N. & Webb, K., (2015), Developing ecologically significant sampling units for fishing pressure using Vessel Monitoring System data for the purpose of planning broadscale benthic monitoring surveys. JNCC/Cefas Partnership Report Series No. 1, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 2051-6711.

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences and JNCC undertook a joint study to investigate and test how currently available data on fishing activity obtained from Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) can be used within the UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring R&D Programme to help understand and monitor the effects of fishing activity on seabed habitats.

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·07·17

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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