This report details the findings of an investigation into the biotopes present within the Skerries Bank and Surrounds Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) based on the taxonomic and particle size analysis of the samples collected as part of dedicated seabed surveys carried out at the MCZ.
The original data for this report was collected in 2012 as part of Defra’s MCZ verification survey work. The Defra verification report was published in 2015. However, this only reported to broadscale habitat level as that was all that Defra required. In order to give advice on management, we required higher resolution information on the exact communities present. The original data collected would allow this, therefore Natural England commissioned Cefas to look at the data again and in turn produce this report.