Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems
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Portal to view and download observations of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem (VME) indicators and habitats in the North Atlantic The Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem (VME) Webservice provides the ability to display VME data contained within the ICES VME Data Portal database on your Geographical Information System (GIS) using Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Feature Service (WFS) standard protocols.
VME data portal is a central portal for data on the distribution and abundance of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs), (and organisms considered to be indicators of VMEs) across the North Atlantic that has been set up by the Joint ICES/NAFO Working Group on Deep-water Ecology (WGDEC) and is hosted by ICES. The database is comprised of 'VME habitats' and 'VME indicators' records. The VME database serves multiple purposes; ICES uses it for providing scientifically-robust advice on the distribution of VMEs and recommending possible management solutions such as bottom fishing closures within NEAFC (North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) waters to protect VMEs.