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Benthic infaunal abundance and biomass from Belfast Lough dredge disposal monitoring operations 2017 and 2018
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) (2019): Benthic infaunal abundance and biomass from Belfast Lough dredge disposal monitoring operations 2017 and 2018. v4.2. Marine Biological Association. Dataset/Samplingevent
Contact: Burns, Gareth ;

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This dataset contains information on benthic infaunal abundance & biomass from sediment grabs off the Copeland Islands in Belfast Lough in late 2017 and early 2018 on the RV Corystes. This survey was carried out to describe the species and seabed habitats within a 0.5NM buffer zone of a dredge disposal site. The survey was carried out pre operation to allow the potential impacts to be investigated. Particle size analysis (PSA) and Carbon & Nitrogen analysis were also carried out on the sediments from the grab samples. All grab samples contained fauna species and sediment classification was carried out on all samples. This dataset also contains information on the SACFOR abundance and associated infaunal habitat in Belfast Lough in late 2017 and early 2018 as part of the post operation survey. This survey was carried out on the RV Corystes using a dropframe fitted with HD video camera, halogen lights, strip and point lazers for scaling, USBL, GoPro.

Biology > Benthos
Marine/Coastal, Corystes, research vessel, ANE, British Isles, North Channel, ANE, Irish Sea, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Bivalvia, Gastropoda, Gymnolaemata, Malacostraca, Polychaeta

Geographical coverage
ANE, British Isles, North Channel [Marine Regions]
ANE, Irish Sea [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -5,5062; MinLat: 54,7493 - MaxLong: -5,4729; MaxLat: 54,76 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
23 October 2017 - 22 January 2018

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


Abundance category (SACFOR) of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Count (in assayed sample) of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Description of habitat by classification to a term from the JNCCs Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 15.03 (SDN:M21::) [BODC]
Development stage of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Occurrence of biota
Speed of measurement platform relative to ground surface {speed over ground} by unspecified GPS system [BODC]

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)data creator
Clements, Annika
Service, Matt
O'Kane, Eugene
O'Loughlin, Rory
Stewart, Brian
Burns, Gareth
University of Ulsterdata creator
Flynn, Conor
Ulster Wildlifedata creator
Podogornik, Gala
Belfast Harbourdata creator
APEM Ltddata creator
Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA), moredata provider

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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2019-01-21
Information last updated: 2022-07-19
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