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2012 University of Plymouth Jersey towed underwater video Epifauna survey
University of Plymouth (2021): 2012 University of Plymouth Jersey towed underwater video Epifauna survey. v1.1. Marine Biological Association. Dataset/Samplingevent.

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This dataset comprises marine epibenthos (approx. 26 identified taxa derived of Algae, Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Cnidaria, Echinodermata, Mollusca, Nemertea, Porifera) and associated habitat data (percentage cover maerl, sand, reef and shell) collected during August 2012 as part of an investigation to identify and map maerl beds off the east coast of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK. Jersey’s coastline plays host to a rich variety of marine life, the waters around the island were previously thought to host maerl beds although the location and extent of this ecologically important habitat was unknown. 47 transects were undertaken using a towed high definition video camera, each transect being approximately 200 x 0.5 metres. As a result of this work the maerl beds identified in south east Jersey were subsequently protected from destructive bottom towed fishing activity.

Biology > Benthos > Epibenthos
Marine/Coastal, Biogenic reefs, Commercial species, Epifauna, Maerl beds, Marine protected areas (MPAs), sensitive habitats, Video observations, ANE, English Channel, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, , Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Cnidaria, Echinodermata, Mollusca

Geographical coverage
ANE, English Channel Stations [Marine Regions]
Jersey Exclusive Economic Zone
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -2,007; MinLat: 49,1199 - MaxLong: -1,8655; MaxLat: 49,2762 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
August 2012

Taxonomic coverage
Annelida [WoRMS]
Arthropoda [WoRMS]
Bryozoa [WoRMS]
Chordata [WoRMS]
Cnidaria [WoRMS]
Echinodermata [WoRMS]
Mollusca [WoRMS]


Abundance of biological entity specified elsewhere per unit area of the bed [BODC]
Depth (spatial coordinate) of sampling event end relative to water surface in the water body [BODC]
Depth (spatial coordinate) of sampling event start relative to water surface in the water body [BODC]
Length of sampling track [BODC]
Speed of measurement platform relative to ground surface {speed over ground} by unspecified GPS system [BODC]

University of Plymouth; Plymouth Polytechnicdata creator
Sheehan, Emma

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Based on this dataset
Sheehan, E.V.; Bridger, D.; Attrill, M.J. (2015). The ecosystem service value of living versus dead biogenic reef. Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 154: 248-254.

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2020-03-17
Information last updated: 2021-04-30
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