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The Task

Selection of Nature Conservation MPAs

Nature Conservation MPAs will contribute to the protection
of biodiversity and geodiversity

Nature Conservation MPAs will be developed through a
scientific process with involvement of stakeholders

Data on MPA search features will underpin the selection of
Nature Conservation MPAs

Areas containing multiple features (both biodiversity and
geodiversity) will be given priority

How will this be achieved?

Application of MPA Selection Guidelines

Five stage process based on distribution of
important biodiversity and geodiversity features

MPA selection guidelines available online at

Stage 1: presence of important features

Stage 2: prioritisation of areas

Stage 3: assessment of scale of area

Stage 4: assessment of management &

Stage 5: contribution to the network

Stage 1 of the MPA selection guidelines

Key questions we will try and answer today

What do we need to know?

What do we know already?

What are the gaps in our knowledge?

What is being done to fill these gaps?

What happens next?

What do we need to know?

Stage 1

Presence of MPA search features

What are the features?

Where are the features?

Stage 2


of MPA search features

Can areas that support multiple features (bio & geo)
be identified using the geodatabase?

What human activities are taking place within MPA
regions that might affect MPA search features?


What do we know already?

Physical data

Habitat &
species data

Collectively we know quite a lot ….

………… BUT

What do we know already?

MPA search features split across scientific

base is variable geographically and
across taxonomic groups

Data management and access issues

Existing data did not necessarily align neatly to
the Scottish MPA search features

………… so

What do we know already?

Recent work to collate data for MPA work

led datalayers project taken as starting point

Subsequent SNH and JNCC research projects

Refined Defra geodiversity
features & mapping

Added biodiversity features
with a wider 3
pillar Scottish
focus (PMFs)

Cleaned data & made more

What do we know already?

The Defra
led data layers project was a great start

but it didn’t meet all our requirements ….

............. so we’ve tailored it to suit our needs

What do we know already?

What do we know already?

What do we know already?

What do we know already?

What do we know already?

What do we know already?

What do we know already?

What do we know already?

Areas of greatest interest from a Geodiversity perspective

What do we know already?

Scottish MPA search feature & Priority Marine Feature maps

Atlantic white
sided dolphin

Fan mussel
Atrina fragilis

Offshore deep sea muds

Norway pout
Trisopterus esmarkii

© Crown Copyright


MB0102. © SNH. © JNCC. © MSS. © BGS. UK Limits provided by UKHO Law of the Sea Division. All rights

Ordnance Survey Licence number SNH 100017908. 2011

What do we know already?

…already being used for other purposes e.g. State of Scotland’s Seas




What are the gaps in our knowledge?

Geographic gaps in coverage of ecological data.

A lot of the data on fragile seabed features are
quite old and most records are limited in the
areas they cover. Majority were not collected to
define extent of features.

Not yet using all known datasets for a number of
key features. Additional work is needed to
include these within geodatabase.

What is being done to fill the gaps?

going data projects

Analysis of data from recent
MPA research cruises

Analysis of MSS archive

Analysis of SAMS offshore still

analysis of SEA data e.g.
Shetland sponge belt

What is being done to fill the gaps?

Engaging with other data holders / collectors

National stakeholder workshops

Specialists allocated to ‘themes’

Identification of datasets not
currently utilised

Completion of metadata forms for
relevant datasets

Prioritised data capture and

Update on data use following
application of selection guidelines

Wider engagement

Promotional materials, press
releases, web pages

Meetings and presentations to
national organisations

What is being done to fill the gaps?

A programme of new biological survey work

2010 surveys completed

SNH benthic priorities identified in
Commissioned Report no. 381

Contracted surveys

Sound of
Canna, Ullapool Approaches and
Clyde Sea

Collaborative survey work with MSS

Clyde Sea, Loch Sween
Fair Isle & North IBTS

2011 survey planning underway

Making best use of existing Scottish
Government vessels

Scope currently under discussion but
will include work in offshore waters in
the NW and outer Forth, within the
Minch and off the NE coast of
Scotland (Caithness and outer MF)

What is being done to fill the gaps?

Refining large
scale feature definitions & mapping

Working with scientific community to better understand
scale MPA search features and the role MPAs could
play in their conservation of

Functional role, processes, prey species & mobile predators

What happens next?

Today is the start of wider discussions over data & the
selection of Nature Conservation MPAs

Any datasets identified through the workshop will be
prioritised for inclusion in the geodatabase

SNH and JNCC currently identifying significant gaps in
coverage of existing protected areas through considering
the potential contribution of N2K and other spatial

SNH and JNCC work underway to collate information on
human activities and to determine regional risk for MPA
search features

led work underway to identify areas that are ‘least
damaged/more natural’

Workshop 2 in June 2011

What happens next?

Using all data available by 1

July 2011 SNH and JNCC
will identify broad search areas to address the MPA
search feature conservation gaps

August 2011


national application of the MPA selection guidelines, to
areas that are ‘least damaged/more natural’ before being
applied more broadly

completed by Sept. ’11

up workshop (no. 3) to discuss the results of the

application of the Guidelines in October ’11


national application of the Guidelines and workshop
(no. 4) by Oct. ’12

Identification of most of the individual MPA proposals and
the overall shape & composition of the network

Nov. ‘12

What happens next?

This afternoons session

Consideration of available mapping by theme to identify
data gaps

rotation between tables. Paper map and
laptops with the data in a GIS. Capture of metadata

The draft geodatabase

Currently version 0.1. Contains 98% of the data we have
collated. Structural changes to be made following the
workshop with Ver. 1 due in April.

term ambition to be able to release the mapping
but copyright restrictions to be navigated because a lot of
these data are not ours.

Scottish waters

Territorial waters

Offshore waters