School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Projects

Assessment of recreational and commercial collection of organisms on intertidal rocky reefs and mudflats within regional European Marine Sites

There has been little or no recent assessment of the level of the collection of organisms across the various EMS sites in the Northern North Sea region. However, anecdotally the amount of biomass removed over the whole area of various EMSs is significant. Organism collection has historically been known to impact habitats and directly affects other components of the ecosystem such a bird assemblage feeding within designated sites (e.g. Budle Bay in the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast, BNNC).  Research has generally focused on a few specific areas of known, high levels of organism collection (e.g. Fenham Flats at Lindisfarne). This work aims to provide a broader, timely assessment of impact of collection of organisms activities in EMS sites and potential coastal MCZs in the Northern North Sea area, and to investigate the importance of zoned areas (e.g. no organism collection/managed organism collection) in achieving sustainability in areas outwith protected sites.

This work aims to inform the development of management plans and bylaws regarding the collection of organisms in the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast (BNNC), Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast (TCC) and in the Humber Estuary European Marine site (EMS).  These are administered by a combination of regional IFCAS (Northumberland and North Eastern) and County Council authorities within 0-6nm and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) in EMSs (and MCZs) within 0-12nm.