Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 5 No 10

The requirement to display sensitive areas relating to the life history of commercially important fish species in British waters is well recognized. Sensitive areas have previously been described as spawning and nursery grounds. Here we consider only areas where there is evidence of aggregations of 0 group fish and/or larvae of key commercial species. 0 group fish are defined as fish in the first year of their lives. These fish sensitivity maps were originally generated to provide a spatial and temporal description of where physical damage could potentially occur to fish species at sensitive stages in essential habitats of their life cycle. Sources of damage in this context referred to seismic surveying conducted by the offshore Oil and Gas industry during their site investigations. In addition to the acoustic energy that the seismic survey activities generate, we should now add other percussive impact noises from pile-driving seabed foundation pins into the seabed, such as those required for offshore renewable energy sites. The spatial location of these fish life history events and their potential interaction with offshore industries can heavily influence the planning, costs and delivery of these offshore developments. It is imperative that these maps reflect the current extent of these areas.

#### Data and Resources

- FSM Anglerfish GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Blue whiting GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Cod GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Haddock GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Hake GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Herring GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Horse Mackerel GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Mackerel GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Norway pout GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Plaice GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Sole GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Sprat GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Whiting GeoTIFFgeotiff
This is a GeoTiff format of a map describing the probability of finding...

Download - FSM Anglerfish Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Blue whiting Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Cod Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Haddock Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Hake Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Herring Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Horse mackerel Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Mackerel Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Norway pout Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Plaice Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Sole Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Sprat Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - FSM Whiting Layer Packagelpk
This is a Layer package describing the probability of finding aggregations...

Download - Fisheries Sensitivity Maps - All Species in KMZ/Google Earth Formatkmz
This is a lower resolution KMZ version of the fisheries sensitivity maps...

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Publisher | |

Modified Date | 2017-02-24 |

Release Date | 2015-02-09 |

Identifier | 40a14b6a-de15-4888-9545-2262e1e226e2 |

Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location | UK waters |

License | UK Open Government Licence (OGL) |

Author | |

Data Dictionary | Data on the distribution of fish species in British waters are collected yearly through the regular stock monitoring surveys as conducted by European marine research institutes in their role as fisheries data suppliers to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Data used for this update have again been taken from various of these available sources including the National and International Bottom Trawl Surveys (BTS, IBTS), Beam Trawl Surveys (BTS) and International Herring Larval Surveys (IHLS). In addition to these, commercial fishing observer trips and stand-alone surveys to investigate particular issues have provided further data on the distribution of 0 group fish of relevant species. As well as new and additional data, different data analysis techniques have been used to generate alternative outputs from the existing survey datasets. The principal analysis technique used was Species Distribution Modelling (SDM), also known as Habitat Suitability Models or Ecological Niche Models. These models combine observations of species occurrence or abundance with environmental data |

Contact Name | Marine Scotland Science |

Contact Email | |

Public Access Level | Public |