Some of the habitats listed in Annex I of the Habitats
Directive are physiographic features, encompassing
several habitats (eg. estuaries, large shallow inlets
and bays) and others are more discrete habitats
(eg. caves). This means there will inevitably be
some overlap of the management issues between sites.
For example, considerations relating to the 'mudflats
and sand flat' category are also likely to be relevant
For the purposes of this report, habitats which
are likely to occur as a component of broader habitats
are discussed within the same section as their relevant
The effects of particular fisheries are described
in the habitat where that type of fishing is most
likely to take place but not exclusively so. Reference
is therefore made to other relevant sections to
ensure that the necessary links are made. This approach
has been taken to minimise duplication of text.
The references used are summarised in an Annex.
In assessing the effect of a fishing activity on
a habitat, it is important to consider the sensitivity
of the specific features of an interest. This is
considered in the following chapter. For further
information, reports have been produced on the sensitivity
and ecological requirements of the following marine
features which can be accessed through the features
option on the menu.
- An overview of the known current commercial fishing
activities in possible and candidate special areas