Assess trends in species and community indicators and evaluate the effects of environmental parameters and human activities on those indicators using data on the abundance and distribution of young fish, shellfish and epibenthos in inshore habitats, collected by Cefas since the 1970s as part of the “Young Fish Survey”.
Key Customer Purpose
Assess how the status of inshore habitats has been affected by anthropogenic changes, including climate change, to the coastal environment. Provide insights into changes in the abundance and distribution of commercial and non-commercial species that can be used as indicators of ecosystem health. This is important for the management of the relevant species, and can also inform discussions on the ecological status of these areas and future activities that could be permitted in them.