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Implementation of and consideration for revisions to the JNCC guidelines for seismic surveys 2015

Marine Human Activities JNCC Publications Pressures 0963-8091 Advice Cetacean Evidence Guidance JNCC report series Mammals Marine Monitoring Surveillance and Monitoring 463b


Data from 1,121 seismic surveys within the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) between 1995 and 2010 were examined to assess compliance with the JNCC Guidelines for Minimising the Risk of Injury and Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Surveys. Over 182,000 hours of monitoring resulted in 8,452 sightings or acoustic detections of marine mammals, the most frequently encountered species (where identified) being the white-beaked dolphin. Airguns were firing for 39% of the time spent monitoring. Compliance with the JNCC guidelines was examined in detail between 2003 and 2010 (earlier years have been examined previously) and longer-term trends in compliance were identified.

Please note JNCC Report No. 463a (Marine mammal observations during seismic surveys from 1994–2010) accompanies this report (JNCC Report No. 463b).

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2015·03·01

Stone, C.J. 2015. Implementation of and consideration for revisions to the JNCC guidelines for seismic surveys. JNCC Report No. 463b, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

The aim of the analysis was to assess the level of compliance with the JNCC seismic guidelines, and in so doing suggest recommendations for best practice for consideration in any future revision.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2021·01·27

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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