Role of benthic indicators in regulating human activities at sea

Rees, Hubert, Boyd, Sian, Schratzberger, Michaela and Murray, Linsay (2006) Role of benthic indicators in regulating human activities at sea. Environmental Science and Policy, 9 (5). pp. 496-508. ISSN 1462-9011

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Abstract

Presently, a global consensus is emerging on the need for dependable performance and quality indicators within an ecosystem management framework. For the (non-fisheries) biological resource this represents a greater challenge than hitherto, since the requirement is finding increasing expression in environmental legislation. This paper reviews a variety of issues relating to indicator utility, and provides an illustration of one approach to compliance-testing in UK waters employing properties of benthic communities. The driving force for indicator development has a strong international and aspirational flavour but the operational perspective derives mainly from smaller-scale applications, and is generally more cautionary. While developments at either ends of this spectrum are to a degree linked, there is a need for improved interaction between policy-makers and practitioners to promote the effective implementation of indicator schemes for environmental quality assessments.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2022 16:30
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 10:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/84138
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2006.04.002

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