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Seabed Habitats   
01 Jun 2019
Assessing the impacts of trawling on seabed habitats

Outcomes: Authors present a framework to assess the impacts of mobile fishing gear on the seabed and benthic ecosystems, the principles of which are applicable to all benthic habitats and trawl fisheries, and can be used across a wide range of spatial scales.

How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: EMODnet provided EUNIS Level 3 habitat maps across European waters.


Seabed Habitats   
01 Jun 2019
Assessing the impacts of trawling on seabed habitats

Outcomes: Authors present a framework to assess the impacts of mobile fishing gear on the seabed and benthic ecosystems, the principles of which are applicable to all benthic habitats and trawl fisheries, and can be used across a wide range of spatial scales.

How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: EMODnet provided EUNIS Level 3 habitat maps across European waters.


Seabed Habitats   
01 Jun 2019
Predictive mapping of seabed features within protected areas in Scottish Marine areas

Outcomes: Authors were able to predictively model the extent of protected Annex I features within Scottish Marine Protected Areas, Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protected Areas, where survey data did not exist. 

How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: Data on physical variables were freely available for the areas of interest.

Nature ScotScottish Natural Heritage (Nature Scot)

When was it used: 2017


Seabed Habitats   
01 Jun 2019
Working towards reducing fisheries discards in the Mediterranean

Outcomes: Researchers were able to produce GIS maps showing the spatial overlap between high discard rate areas and seabed habitats in case study areas of the Mediterranean.  This fed into a wider project, with the overall goal of eliminating discards in European marine fisheries.

How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: Data on seabed habitats were available in all study areas of the project.

Minouw ProjectMinouw Project


Seabed Habitats   
18 Jan 2018
A data-driven framework for ecosystem-based Maritime Spatial Planning in Danish marine waters

Outcomes: Successfully quantifying the overall condition of European seas, authors were able to conceptualise indicator-based spatial tools to apply ecosystem-based approaches to human activities and provide practical solutions to marine governance. The report is considered a contribution to the MSFD Article 20.3 reporting and provides material which can be used to the 8th Environment Action Plan.

How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: Contained habitat data at the resolution and coverage required.


Seabed Habitats   
12 Oct 2018
EMODnet supports environmental scoping for an electricity interconnector between France and UK

AQUIND Interconnector is a new subsea and underground High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) electric power transmission link between the South Coast of England and Normandy in France. EMODnet Seabed Habitat’s broad-scale predictive habitat map for Europe, enabled AQUIND to conduct their Environmental Impact Assemssment scoping report in order to identify the main habitat types reported in the region that intersects the proposed cable route.


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