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2006, Ocean Marine Research Ltd., Barrow Offshore Wind Farm, Epifaunal Video Survey of Sub-Sea Turbine Piles

2006, Ocean Marine Research Ltd., Barrow Offshore Wind Farm, Epifaunal Video Survey of Sub-Sea Turbine Piles

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Epifauna and Fish
Intertidal Ecology

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This series examines the epifaunal survey of the sub-sea turbine monopiles carried out at Barrow offshore wind farm by Ocean Marine Research Ltd.  The objective of this survey was to fulfil certain licensing conditions required by DEFRA.  A series of six of the wind turbines were surveyed.  In each case, the surveying diver descended from the surface through the inter-tidal zone and progressed in a downward spiral motion to the rock armour at the seabed.  The conclusions from the survey show that the species at the six turbines are the dominant species and typical of failing communities, which establish themselves on man-made structures.  These species include: mussels, starfish, barnacles, green sea urchin, plumose anemone, marine algae and common shrimp.  

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