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  • With the substantial increase in the number of fast ferries travelling from Stranraer and Cairnryan in Loch Ryan to Northern Ireland in recent years, there has been much speculation about their environmental impact. Complaints from user groups of the loch range from causing scouring of the seabed, releasing locked-in contaminants (Eardley & Lankester, 2000) to salmon nets becoming inoperable and boat launching problems (Loch Ryan Advisory Management Forum, 1999). Kirk McClure Morton, Belfast are currently involved in a project investigating the erosion and deposition of mobile sediments around Loch Ryan. This has involved developing a hydrodynamic model of wave action on the loch, and how wave propagation differs between fast ferries and traditional shaped craft. The effect of the wake from ferries on sediment transport is also being investigated. This survey aimed to give a clearer understanding of the general distribution of different sediment types in Loch Ryan by using an Acoustic Ground Discrimination System, RoxAnn?.

  • East Rathlin Island. Part of the Northern Ireland Nearshore Subtidal Habitat Mapping Project. Data were validated against Northern Ireland Sublittoral Survey

  • This project attempts to map the broadscale biotopes and habitats of the rocky reef sites west of the Outer Hebrides through integrating multibeam echosounder data, acoustic ground discrimination system (AGDS) data, underwater video/camera surveys and grab data, facilitated through the use of GIS. Where possible, biotopes have been resolved and classified using the National Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (Connor et al., 2004).

  • North Channel Peak 1. Part of the Irish Sea Pilot

  • Church Bay, Rathlin Island. Part of the Northern Ireland Nearshore Subtidal Habitat Mapping Project. Data were validated against Northern Ireland Sublittoral Survey

  • Lower Strangford Lough. Part of the Northern Ireland Nearshore Subtidal Habitat Mapping Project. Data were validated against Northern Ireland Sublittoral Survey

  • Dundrum Bay. Part of the Northern Ireland Nearshore Subtidal Habitat Mapping Project. Data were validated against Northern Ireland Sublittoral Survey

  • Annalong and Killeen. Part of the Northern Ireland Nearshore Subtidal Habitat Mapping Project. Data were validated against Northern Ireland Sublittoral Survey

  • Islandmagee, Co. Antrim. Part of the Northern Ireland Nearshore Subtidal Habitat Mapping Project. Data were validated against Northern Ireland Sublittoral Survey

  • North east Antrim. Part of the Northern Ireland Nearshore Subtidal Habitat Mapping Project. Data were validated against Northern Ireland Sublittoral Survey