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Marine survey and monitoring in Scottish MPAs

Details of our marine survey and monitoring work 

Our marine survey and monitoring work helps inform the designation and management of marine protected areas in Scottish territorial waters.

Our team covers three main areas:

1. Marine survey work includes:

  • marine survey design and planning
  • hunting Priority Marine Features
  • assessing condition of features
  • exploring effectiveness of management
  • investigating trends

2. Marine data

  • mobilisation of data
  • data archive

3. Marine research and collaboration 

  • working with experts from universities and institutions in the UK
  • collaborating with local groups and communities

Recent marine monitoring surveys

Sound of Arisaig habitat survey – we carried out a four day survey in the sound of Arisaig. 64 video transects and 10 spot dives were carried out in Sep 2016. 

View the field reports: 

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