The survey of the marine environment around the Isle of Wight was undertaken as part of the BioMar Project which is funded by the European Community through the LIFE Programme. One of the main aims of the BioMar Project was to devise a classification system for marine biotopes of the north-east Atlantic seaboard and to produce information on their range and distribution of in order to aid conservation assessment and the development of appropriate strategies for coastal zone management(CZM). The partners based at Newcastle University had the additional tasks of developing techniques for biotope mapping and applying them to specific management case studies in collaboration with other organisations.
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