Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 12 No 1
The project “Engaging the fishing industry in marine environmental survey and monitoring”, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and running from 2017-2020 is led by Marine Scotland (a directorate of the Scottish Government) and supported by Scottish Natural Heritage (now known by its operating name “NatureScot”). Four seabed surveys were carried out in 2018 under this project using a drop-down video system commissioned by Marine Scotland and deployed from a fishing vessel in and around a total of five Marine Protected Areas off western Scotland. The objective of each survey was to collect data to be used to improve knowledge of the extent, distribution and condition of flame shell beds, maerl beds, seagrass beds, horse mussel beds and fan mussels, which are protected features of the Marine Protected Areas, and to generally improve knowledge of the type and distribution of seabed habitats in the survey areas, including those features listed above and other Priority Marine Features outside the Marine Protected Areas.
Data and Resources
- Biological analyses of seabed imagery from within and around Loch Alsh, Loch Carron, Wester Ross, Small Isles and South Arran Marine Protected Areas in 2018pdf
Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 12 No 1 - pdf of report
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2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31
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A total of three protected features were identified within the Wester Ross Marine Protected Area. These comprised: ‘kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment,’ which was widely distributed in the survey area; ‘burrowed mud,’ which was generally restricted to the inner areas of Loch Ewe and Little Loch Broom; and ‘maerl beds,’ identified around Carn nan Sgeir and Tanera Mor and Beg. The Priority Marine Feature, ‘kelp beds’, which is not currently a protected feature of the Wester Ross Marine Protected Area, was also identified at the Mellon Udrigle, West of Loch Ewe and Tanera Mor and Beg sites.
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