Bedrock reef at Solan Bank covered with soft corals (Alcyonium digitatum), coralline algae, foliose red seaweeds, and the urchin Echinus esculentus and colonial tunicates © JNCC
Bedrock reef at Solan Bank  © JNCC

JNCC Consultation launched

FIVE new possible Marine Protected Areas

JNCC have launched a three month public consultation on the selection of five important possible marine protected areas (MPA) for reef habitats in Scottish offshore waters. 

The closing date for the 12 week formal consultation is 25th May 2012.

Adalia punctata © R Comont
Adalia punctata © R Comont

Native ladybirds displaced

Invasive alien predator causes rapid declines of European ladybirds

A new study, supported with funding from JNCC, has been published by the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), which provides evidence of the impact of invasive ‘harlequin’ ladybirds on populations of native ladybirds.

CEFAS Endeavour
CEFAS Endeavour

Survey gathering evidence

JNCC staff are on survey gathering evidence in support of Marine Protected Areas

Potential Marine Conservation Zone (MCZs) in the Irish Sea and SW Approaches are being surveyed during February. Stay up to date via the JNCC Offshore Survey blog.

MAIA Network
MAIA network

MAIA - Marine Protected Areas in the Atlantic Arc

JNCC is a partner of the MAIA Project.

The MAIA project aims to:
Promote and structure the sharing of experience and approaches;
Elaborate common methodologies;
Contribute to the emergence of a network of MPA managers.

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