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2002, CEFAS, Guidelines for the Conduct of Benthic Studies at Aggregate Dredging Sites

2002, CEFAS, Guidelines for the Conduct of Benthic Studies at Aggregate Dredging Sites

Topic categories:

Benthic Ecology

Sedimentology

Last series update:

May 2021

MEDIN approved

Industry:

Marine Aggregate

Collection date:

Jan 2002 - Dec 2002

Development:

Marine Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (MALSF)

Publication date:

May 2021

Organisation:

CEFAS

Phase:

Other

Description

These guidelines for the conduct of benthic surveys at commercial aggregate extraction sites were produced in response to the rapid increase in survey work for Environmental Statements to accompany dredging applications, and to impending legislation which will bring extraction activity under statutory control (see Introduction). The guidelines were designed to promote a comprehensive and consistent approach to the assessment of the seabed environment (i.e. sediments and the associated benthic fauna) as part of the planning process and, on granting of a permission to dredge, in response to any monitoring requirements.