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Coastal Partnerships Working Group (CWPG)
The CWPG encourages the exchange of information and debate between Coastal Partnership Officers.
CoastNet aims to safeguard the world's coast and those communities of people and wildlife that depend upon it. CoastNET work with all coastal interests to promote the exchange of ideas, information and expertise to find long term solutions to coastal issues.
Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)
C.O.A.S.T. (the Community of Arran Seabed Trust), is a local organisation aiming to make Lamlash Bay (Arran, Scotland) a Marine Protected Area from which mobile fishing gear is prohibited to regenerate and enhance local fish and shellfish populations.
European Nature Information System (EUNIS)
The EUNIS Database is the European Nature Information System, developed and managed by the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity for the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Environmental Information Observation Network. The EUNIS Database web application provides access to publicly available data in a consolidated database. The information includes: Data on Species, Habitats and Sites compiled in the framework of NATURA2000, Information on Species, Habitats and Sites taken into account in relevant international conventions or from International Red Lists.
Finding Sanctuary is a partnership project that aims to create a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the coasts and seas of South West England.
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
ICES is the organisation that coordinates and promotes marine research in the North Atlantic, including adjacent seas.
Invest in Fish SW
Invest in Fish is part of a wider initiative which aims to agree the measures needed to best sustain fish stocks within the region (Celtic Sea, English Channel and Western Approaches), be considerate of the regional economy, local communities and the wider marine environment.
Mapping European Seabed Habitats (MESH)
JNCC led an international marine habitat mapping programme entitled 'Development of a framework for Mapping European Seabed Habitats, or MESH for short, which started in spring 2004 and finished in January 2008. The MESH Project produced seabed habitat maps for north-west Europe (see MESH study area) and developed international standards and protocols for seabed mapping studies. The final products are a meta database of mapping studies, a web-delivered geographic information system (GIS) with habitat maps, a guidance framework for marine habitat mapping including protocols and standards, a report on case histories of habitat mapping, a stakeholder database.
Marine Data and Information Partnership (MDIP)
A partnership of public and private sector organisations working to provide harmonised stewardship and access to marine data and information, and so facilitate improved management of the seas around the UK.
Monitoring the Lyme Bay Closed Area
A 60-square-mile area of Lyme Bay, on the south west coast, was closed to bottom-towed fishing activity by Defra in July 2008 on the advice of Natural England. The effects of this closure on the recovery of marine biodiversity and its socioeconomic impacts are being studied by a consortium of scientists, lead by the University of Plymouth Marine Institute. This monitoring study will provide valuable information on the effectiveness of marine protected areas in acheiving conservation goals.
National Biodiversity Network (NBN)
The NBN gateway acts as a data warehouse, storing individual wildlife records.
The OSPAR Commission is a vital mechanism to help Governments cooperate and a key partner in further efforts to improve the protection of the North-East Atlantic.
Seasearch is national project, the main aim of which is to use volunteer divers who have an interest in the marine environment to map out the various types of sea bed found in the near-shore zone around the British Isles. Seasearch is also recording what lives in each area. Data from the project has already contributed to the creation of marine reserves and the protection of species such as the sea fan.
The Data Archive for Seabed Species and Habitats (DASSH)
DASSH is the UK Marine Data Archive Centre for benthic survey data of both species and habitats. DASSH provides digital archive facilities for benthic datasets and a digital repository for benthic images and video.
The Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland (MarLIN)
MarLIN provides information for marine environmental management, protection and education. MarLIN was originally set up to support decision making by managers of SACs and provides information reviews on a variety of protected species and habitats including sensitivity assessments.
UK Marine Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) project
The Marine SAC project website provides access to the knowledge generated through the UK Marine SACs Project: The project was completed in 2001 and therefore not all of the information is still up to date. It hosts a wealth of information including practical guidance on managing SACs and site based information.
The UKSeaMap project's interactive geographical information system (GIS) allows users to access and download the maps created by the project showing seabed landscapes and seasonal water column features.
World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)
The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC 2000, a UK-based charity.