NatureScot Research Report 882 - South Arran MPA diver survey of maerl beds, kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment, and seagrass beds 2014
In 2014 NatureScot commissioned a diving survey of seabed habitats in the South Arran MPA, focussing on maerl beds and maerl gravel habitats, and sea grass beds. The report presents the results of the detailed biological observations made on these habitats. The survey confirmed for the first time that there are remnant patches of healthy maerl beds in the Clyde, with a continuous cover of live maerl. Most other known maerl beds in the Clyde have been severely degraded, primarily as a result of towed, bottom-contacting fishing activity.
Publication 2018 - NatureScot Research Report 882 - South Arran MPA diver survey of maerl beds, kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment, and seagrass beds 2014
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