Category: MPA Resources

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Distribution modelling of the benthic habitats within the Fair Isle Demonstration and Research Marine Protected Area

Limited knowledge exists about the benthic habitats, identified as a research priority in the Fair Isle DR MPA Winter 2020/21 stakeholder consultation. This report focuses on modelling the potential benthic habitat composition within the Fair Isle DR MPA, with an emphasis on Priority Marine Features (PMFs). Utilising Distribution Models (DMs), this study aims to address this knowledge gap by analysing biotopes with environmental data, providing a baseline for future research, and marine management initiatives.

A Case Study of Demonstration & Research Marine Protected Area development in Scotland

In 2011 the Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI), a small community-led body from Fair Isle, developed a proposal for the Fair Isle DR MPA. Five years later, after the production of a series of documents, clarifications, meetings, and assessments, the Fair Isle DR MPA was designated and legally brought into force on the 9th November 2016. It remains the only DR MPA in Scotland’s seas.

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