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Macrobenthos from a aggregate extraction site (Shoreham)  English waters between 2000-2003
Birchenough S.N.R.; Cefas, United Kingdom; (2017) Macrobenthos from an aggreate extraction site (Shoreham) in English waters between 2000-2003.

Each year approximately 23–28 million tonnes of sand and gravel are removed from offshore sediments around England and Wales. This study was located in a licensed marine aggregate extraction site off Shoreham in the Eastern English Channel (EEC). Results from the multibeam survey showed the presence of dredged pits created by suction hopper dredging and elongated furrows created by trailer suction hopper dredging in the area where sand and gravel had been excavated. Electronic Monitoring System (EMS). The aim of the current study was to explore the presence of marine habitats over a smaller area known as the ‘Shoreham Box’ in the EEC. Results showed some differences in the community composition produced by the two methods of extraction. There was also indication of enhanced number of species in the area dredged by suction hopper method. Notably, slipper limpets were also observed inhabiting dredged pits and creating permanent habitats in areas cratered by the dredging activity. more

This study has generated ecological information (number of species, particle size of the sediments) to document the status of species and habitats inhabiting the dredged and undredged area.

Biology > Benthos, Biology > Invertebrates
Marine, Macrobenthos, Particle size analysis, Sediment profile imagery (SPI) , Sidescan sonar data, United Kingdom, England, Eastern English Channel,

Geographical coverage
United Kingdom, England, Eastern English Channel

Temporal coverage
2000 - 2003

Taxonomic coverage

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), moredata creator
Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA), moredata provider

Describing this dataset
Birchenough, S.N.R. et al. (2010). Mapping an aggregate extraction site off the Eastern English Channel: a methodology in support of monitoring and management. Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 87(3): 420-430., more

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Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2017-08-07
Information last updated: 2017-08-28
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