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Mapping the seabed of Start Point to Plymouth Sound and Eddystone Special Area of Conservation. - MB0110

Summary Objectives:

The aims of this project are to provide information on the condition and extent of bedrock and stony reef within the Prawle Point to Plymouth Sound and Eddystone candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) and Prawle Point to Start Point possible Special Area of Conservation (pSAC). Using groundtruthing data previously collected by Natural England and a new multibeam echo sounder survey of the cSAC and pSAC, a habitat map showing EUNIS habitats and Annex I habitats will be produced as well as the assessment of the extent and condition of the Annex I reef habitats within the cSAC. This assessment will feed into the Conservation Objectives and Advice on Operations for the cSAC which will be supplied to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (Competent Authorities). This will allow the Competent Authorities to set appropriate management measures for activities occuring within the cSAC and pSAC to ensure the reefs remain in favourable condition.

Key Customer Purpose:

The accurate seabed bathymetry will provide an accurate evidence base to inform the condition and extent of the Annex I reef in the SAC. It will better inform the MMO and the IFCAs to set management measures to ensure that activities that could damage the Annex I habitats are prevented. The bathymetry would provide greater clarity to all stakeholders using the site.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2011

Cost: £320,098
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Natural England