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Community Analysis of Fulmar MCZ, Offshore Brighton MCZ and Western Channel MCZ 2016

Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey Protected Areas Seabed Habitats and Geology 0963-8091 Evidence JNCC report series Marine Marine conservation zone Marine Habitats Marine protected area Specific localities Surveillance and Monitoring 593 EUNIS Drop camera Fulmar MCZ Grabs Offshore Brighton MCZ still and video imagery Towed video Video Tows Western Channel Western Channel MCZ


This report documents the statistical analyses carried out on benthic community data collected from MB0120 surveys, acquired in three offshore MCZs.


JNCC undertook statistical analysis on offshore MCZ benthic community data, and the results of these analyses were then used to assign biotopes to the survey data, based on both the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (Parry 2015) and European Nature Information System (EUNIS) classification scheme. Data analysed consisted of faunal abundance counts from both benthic grab samples and from video footage and still images. The data sets were rationalised before undertaking multivariate statistical analyses using the PRIMERv6 software package.

Data from three offshore MCZs were analysed:

  • Fulmar MCZ
  • Offshore Brighton MCZ
  • Western Channel MCZ

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2016·07·01

Jones, L., Parry, M. & Wright, H., (2016), Community Analysis of Fulmar MCZ, Offshore Brighton MCZ and Western Channel MCZ, JNCC Report No. 593, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

The aim of this report is to examine the enumerated faunal data using various multivariate statistical techniques to elucidate the underlying faunal communities present within each MCZ.

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 2019·07·19

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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