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A Natural England commissioned verification survey of both intertidal sediments and intertidal rocky reef within the Padstow Bay and Surrounds rMCZ. Phase I Biotope mapping was carried out across the rMCZ for broad scale habitats. Phase II infaunal sediment sampling was carried out to provide information on the benthic infaunal assemblages and particle size distribution of the study sites by means of core sampling. Sediment surface scrapes were obtained for heavy metals and organic contaminants analysis. Phase II quantitative survey of intertidal rocky reefs comprised of a quadrat survey with percentage cover of species present within each quadrat being recorded. The data was used to produce a EUNIS Level 3 boradscale habitat map of the Padstow Bay and Surrounds rMCZ.
The habitats and communities of the marine inlets of south-west Britain have been the subject of various surveys, primarily the Harbours, Rias and Estuaries (HRE) programme commissioned by the then Nature Conservancy Council. The HRE surveys were carried out by the Field Studies Council Oil Pollution Research Unit (OPRU) between 1985 and 1989 and covered all of the major and most of the minor inlets between Portsmouth and Milford Haven. The report summarises information on fourteen marine inlets, from the River Hayle in Cornwall northwards to Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire. The data from the HRE surveys, together with data from a variety of other sources, have been analysed to classify the marine biotopes present and to describe their distribution within each inlet.
Study to map the extent of the subtidal sediment habitat around the Isles of Scilly from mean low water down to around the 50m depth contour, with most effort concentrated >30m. Acoustic mapping and ground-truthing by grab-sampling and drop-down video, together with aerial photographs.
Habitat communities within the Roaringwater SAC
A survey of habitats, including particular reference to the reefs around Lundy Island, Bristol Channel, undertaken by the Benthic Mapping and Assessment Project (BMAP) at the University of Newcastle. This dataset is a map of the predicted lifeform distribution based on the acoustic characteristics of the seabed.
Grab and dredge samples have been collected on a grid of 155 sublittoral stations in the Bristol Channel. The faunal data have been analysed using a hierarchical sorting technique to cluster stations with similar species compositions. The substrate distribution and the macrofaunal community distribution are mapped.
The dataset includes age- and length-based catch per unit effort data for commercial fish species collected by the French trawl survey EVHOE.
The dataset includes age- and length-based catch per unit effort data for commercial fish species collected during the Irish Ground Fish trawl survey.
The Offshore Beam Trawl Surveys include data collected by 4 countries (BE, DE, NL, UK) in the North Sea, Celtic Sea, and Irish Sea. Although, the surveys target plaice and sole, composition of the whole catch is analyzed.