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Identification of the epifauna from sea areas around the UK - AE0216

R&D Summary Objectives:- Characterisation of surface-dwelling fauna (eg. sponges, hydroids) at NSTF/NMP sites to provide an insight into natural geographical variation in this community, and to generate a baseline dataset against which future appraisals of environmental status may be judged. A reference collection of species will be provided. Key customer purpose:- Provide MAFF with a dataset of natural variation in a biological community against which future appraisals of anthropogenic inputs or disturbances of the seabed by dredging or commercial fishing activities can be assessed.
Much of the sampled material arising from the above survey was processed on ship by MAFF personnel, involving the identification and enumeration of a wide range of species. An example of information obtained to date is shown in Figure 1b. However, a significant amount of the collected material still requires more specialised laboratory attention and this has been separately preserved. The latter consists largely of sessile organisms, especially sponges, hydroids, bryozoans, anemones and ascidians. It is proposed to complete the objectives of this survey work through analysis of the preserved material from some 50 samples taken around the UK coastline and offshore. A report on this taxonomic work will be produced, and a detailed appraisal of the entire data set ( ie combining the outcome of contract work with that already completed on ship) will then be conducted 'in house' by MAFF.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1994

Cost: £4,547
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine