Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 12 No 2
This project, “Engaging the fishing industry in marine environmental survey and monitoring”, has been funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), led by Marine Scotland and supported by Marine Scotland Science and NatureScot. The project worked with the fishing industry to undertake survey and monitoring work1. During 2019, seabed surveys were carried out at four regions along the western and northern Scottish coast in and around Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) using a drop down video (DDV) system deployed from a fishing vessel.
The objective of each survey was to improve knowledge of the extent and distribution of Priority Marine Features (PMFs) within and adjacent to MPAs. PMFs were observed within each region surveyed, with observations occurring both within and outside of designated sites. This report presents the results of those four surveys.
Data and Resources
- Biological analyses of seabed imagery from within and around Marine Protected Areas in Orkney, Shetland, Inner Sound, and Islay and Jura in 2019pdf
Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 12 No 2 - pdf of the report
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Eight PMF habitats such as flame shell, maerl, seagrass, and horse mussel beds were observed from 413 drop down video tows in total; six habitats observed in 85 tows observed in Inner Sound, six habitats observed in 144 tows around Islay and Jura, five habitats observed in 118 tows around Orkney; and five habitats observed in 66 tows in Shetland.
Two low or limited mobility PMF species (the northern feather star and the white cluster anemone) were observed from 106 DDV tows, 74 in Inner Sound and 32 in Islay and Jura. Two mobile PMF species (angler fish and sand eels and two mobile PMF species’ eggs (flapper skate and herring) were observed during the surveys from 11 tows in total; three from four tows in Inner Sound; two from two tows around Islay and Jura; and two from five tows in Shetland.
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