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Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems
ICES VME Database (
Contact: Pinto, Carlos

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The dataset is comprised of; 1) 'VME habitats' which are records for which there is unequivocal evidence for a VME, e.g. ROV observations of a coral reef, 2) VME indicators which are records that suggest the presence of a VME with varying degrees of uncertainty. For VME indicators a weighting system of vulnerability and uncertainty is provided as part of the database to aid interpretation. more

ICES VME Database - A central portal ( for data on the distribution and abundance of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs), (and organisms considered to be indicators of VMEs) across the North Atlantic has been set up by the Joint ICES/NAFO Working Group on Deep-water Ecology (WGDEC). Criteria used to select habitats and indicators for inclusion in the database were those described in the FAO International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas (FAO, 2009). The VME database may be used for many purposes; ICES will use it when providing scientifically -robust advice on the distribution of VMEs and recommending possible management solutions such as bottom fishing closures within NEAFC (North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) waters to protect VMEs.

Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Marine/Coastal, Deep sea, propelled unmanned submersible, A, North Atlantic, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Animalia

Geographical coverage
A, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -79,7073; MinLat: 35,6333 - MaxLong: 43,035; MaxLat: 81,5879 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
From 1958 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Animalia [WoRMS]

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), moredata creator
Pinto, Carlos

Related datasets
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2017-07-10
Information last updated: 2022-08-09
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