The aim of this study was to improve knowledge of the occurrence and distribution of species and habitats of recognised conservation importance in eight locations around Scotland through the analysis of seabed video and still photographic imagery collected during monitoring and research cruises undertaken from 2017 to 2019.
This is the latest in an ongoing series of marine survey analysis reports. The surveys reported here were carried out by SNH in collaboration partner organisations including, Marine Scotland Science (MSS), the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
Priority Marine Features (PMFs) including maerl beds, flame shell beds, burrowed mud, northern sea fan and sponge communities, and kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment are reported. This work also contributes to a programme of refining predictive mapping of the distribution of Habitats Directive Annex I habitats within Scottish marine SACs as well as improving our knowledge of the distribution of PMFs and MPA protected features in Scottish waters.
NatureScot Research Report 1229 - Biological analyses of underwater video from monitoring and research cruises carried out from 2017 to 2019 in Scottish waters