In the UK, most marine benthic monitoring is carried out in a piecemeal fashion, funded by different sectors of industry that utilise the marine environment under licence. Monitoring requirements are imposed by licence conditions, which can vary considerably between licences. The UK Government also conducts marine environmental surveys in support of its legislative commitments. The present investigation reviews these different monitoring approaches to highlight whether synergies between them could be developed into an integrated approach to marine benthic monitoring. An integrated approach would have ecological benefits, as greater consistency in sampling and analytical protocols would reduce uncertainty in the predictions of impact, and facilitate the assessment of Good Environmental Status under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The same approach would also be of financial benefit, as spatio-temporal duplication in sampling would be reduced, and the value of acquired data would be maximised, resulting in a more efficient and cost-effective approach.
Towards an Integrated Approach to Marine Benthic Monitoring
Title: Towards an Integrated Approach to Marine Benthic Monitoring
March 15, 2016
Journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Froján, C.; Cooper, K.; Bolam, S. (2016). Towards an Integrated Approach to Marine Benthic Monitoring. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 104(1-2), 20-28.