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MRV Scotia 1111S Cruise report: Survey of Scottish Marine Protected Areas Search Features north of Rona and within the ‘windsock’ closure area 2019

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Abstract

The area north of Rona and within the ‘windsock’ closure was selected due to the occurrence of sandy gravels identified from UKSeaMap2010, a biotope for which the Scottish MPA project has very little information on within Scottish waters. The area identified is also the only area within Scotland’s seas where there are any benthic samples, which after taxonomic analsyis, have resulted in records of sublittoral sand biotopes.

The survey area is also of interest due to the ‘windsock’ closure area; an area closed to bottom trawl fisheries since 2001. Surveying here could add to our understanding of the 'contribution of other areas' of management to an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·10·01

Citation
Golding, N. & Robertson, M. 2018. MRV Scotia 1111S Cruise report: Survey of Scottish Marine Protected Areas Search Features north of Rona and within the ‘windsock’ closure area. JNCC Report No. 616, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
This survey was a joint undertaking between JNCC and Marine Scotland Science.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·10·15

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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