Bach, L.L.; Emmerson, M.

Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) larger mobile macrofaunal abundance, biomass and species richness from fyke netting in mudflat habitats

The dataset details larger mobile fish and macrofaunal abundance across six intertidal sites in the winter and summer of 2013, sampled using fyke nets. The data provide a quantitative measure of larger mobile invertebrate and fish species present in fyke nets caught over two executive tidal cycles at three sites in Essex, South East England and three more sites in Morecambe Bay, North West England. At each site, 22 sampling quadrats were placed on the mud flat covering 4 spatial scales. At each of these, unbaited fyke nets were deployed perpendicular to the shore over two tidal cycles. Upon removal, the species were identified to species level and individuals counted. For each species wet weight (g) was calculated.

This data was collected as part of Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS): NE/J015644/1. The project was funded with support from the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme. BESS is a six-year programme (2011-2017) funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of the UK's Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) programme.

Publication date: 2017-09-05

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

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This resource is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Bach, L.L.; Emmerson, M. (2017). Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) larger mobile macrofaunal abundance, biomass and species richness from fyke netting in mudflat habitats. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/778ac3e5-a796-46a0-8390-0b6527598d8b

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2013-01-01    to    2013-08-01

Provenance & quality

The location of the sample sites was determined by randomly allocated quadrats. Twenty two 1 x 1 m quadrats were randomly allocated to each mudflat and saltmarsh site using R (R Development Core Team, 2014) to specify four different spatial scales (A = 1 quadrat only, B = 3 quadrats at 1 m to 10 m apart, C = 6 quadrats at 10 m to 100 m apart, D = 12 quadrats at 100 m to 1000 m or site maximum). At each of these, one fyke net was deployed perpendicular to the shore and over the course of two tidal cycles. The fyke net was a five hoop double fyke net (mesh size: 22mm knot to knot, 8m leader, 0.5m hoop).

Correspondence/contact details

Emmerson, M.
Queen's University Belfast
m.emmerson@qub.ac.uk

Authors

Bach, L.L.
Queen's University Belfast
Emmerson, M.
Queen's University Belfast

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Tags

Topic categories
Biota
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Keywords
abundance,  benthic,  BESS,  biodiversity,  biomass,  Carcinus maenas CBESS,  Common shore crab,  Essex European flounder,  fish,  Fyke net,  intertidal,  macrofauna,  Morecambe Bay mudflat,  Platichthys flesus season,  sediment,  spatial scale,  species,  United Kingdom