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Abundance and biomass of infaunal species as part of Essential fish habitat surveys, Co. Down Coast (Northern Ireland) 2012-2013
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) (2019): Abundance and biomass of infaunal species as part of Essential fish habitat surveys, Co. Down Coast (Northern Ireland) 2012-2013.. v3.2. Marine Biological Association. Dataset/Samplingevent
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This dataset contains information on infaunal abundance and biomass from sediment grab samples off the Co. Down coast in Northern Ireland as part of an Essesntial Fish Habitat (EFH) project. Essential Fish Habitat is defined as “those waters & substrata necessary to fish for spawning, breeding, feeding or growth to maturity” and these can help to form a basis for the designation of Marine Protected Areas such as Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). This survey was carried out on the RV Corystes in 2012 and 2013 off the Co. Down coast using a 0.1m2 day grab. In 2012 there were 88 samples taken. In 2013 there were 48 samples. Infaunal analysis, Particle Size Analysis (PSA) and Carbon & Nitrogen analysis were carried out on all samples.

Biology > Benthos, Biology > Fish
Marine/Coastal, Benthic infauna, Corystes, research vessel, ANE, Irish Sea, ANE, St. Georges Channel, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Bivalvia, Gastropoda, Malacostraca, Ophiuroidea, Polychaeta

Geographical coverage
ANE, Irish Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, St. Georges Channel [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -5,9256; MinLat: 53,553 - MaxLong: -5,1603; MaxLat: 54,5606 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
16 February 2012 - 7 May 2013

Taxonomic coverage
Bivalvia [WoRMS]
Gastropoda [WoRMS]
Malacostraca [WoRMS]
Ophiuroidea [WoRMS]
Polychaeta [WoRMS]


Count (in assayed sample) of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Development stage of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Occurrence of biota

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)data creator
Service, Matt
Clements, Annika
Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA), moredata provider

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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2019-01-10
Information last updated: 2022-07-20
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