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2018, Natural Power Consultants Ltd., Blyth NaREC Offshore Demonstration Site, Post-Construction Benthic Monitoring - Array 2

2018, Natural Power Consultants Ltd., Blyth NaREC Offshore Demonstration Site, Post-Construction Benthic Monitoring - Array 2

Topic categories:

Benthic Ecology

Last series update:

November 2021

MEDIN approved

Industry:

Wind

Collection date:

May 2018 - Sep 2018

Development:

Blyth Demonstration Site

Publication date:

Nov 2021

Round:

Demo

Organisation:

Natural Power Consultants Ltd.

Phase:

Post-construction

Description

Annex 2 of the Marine Licence (L/2013/00303) specified that a post-construction monitoring programme including benthic ecology surveys must be undertaken, which must also include a survey for Annex 1 habitats. Post-construction surveys are required to assess any changes in the diversity and distribution of benthic ecology populations in and around the developed site and to provide monitoring of ecological effects of the development.
In October 2017, the Post-Construction Benthic and Fish Survey Monitoring Plan (Document Number: BOD-101-04-NPC-MWL-00006-A-02) was agreed with the MMO. This document outlined the benthic and fish survey monitoring plan for post-construction surveys as per the Marine Licence. All surveys conducted were undertaken in line with the post-construction Benthic and Fish Survey Monitoring Plan.
This purpose of the report in this series is to provide BODL with a comparison of the post-construction data with the EIA baseline and pre-construction characterisation of the benthic ecology present in and around the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project. The document presents the findings of the benthic grab, epibenthic beam trawl and drop- down video (DDV) surveys, which were undertaken by Natural Power Consultants Ltd.
An intertidal survey was also undertaken and reported on separately, this report is provided in Annex A.