Monitoring and Surveillance Options
A variety of techniques exists for surveying subtidal sedimentary
biotopes. Different techniques provide different types and quality of information. The
choice of method(s) to be used will therefore depend on the type of data required, and on
the purpose of the survey, which may be either initial mapping and faunal characterization
over a large area, or repeated monitoring at a smaller spatial scale. The availability and
cost of the equipment required will also be a factor.
The following sections will review the methods available, summarize the
advantages and disadvantages of each, and discuss examples where particular techniques
have been applied to the Sea pens and burrowing megafauna biotope complex.
It is worth noting at this stage that all these monitoring techniques
require appropriate training and practical expertise to be employed effectively. In common
with most other field investigations in the marine environment, success is usually also
dependent on favourable weather conditions.
Provisional monitoring scheme relevant to SACs