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Marine sites, habitats and species data collected during the BioMar survey of Ireland.
Picton, B.E., C.S. Emblow, C.C. Morrow, E.M. Sides, P. Tierney, D. McGrath, G. McGeough, M. McCrea,P. Dinneen, J. Falvey, S. Dempsey, J. Dowse, and M. J. Costello, 1999: Marine sites, habitats and species data collected during the BioMar survey of Ireland. Environmental Sciences Unit, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

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A database of marine species of the seashore and seabed of the island of Ireland. The aim of this survey was to provide descriptions of the littoral and sublittoral habitats and associated communities of the Republic of Ireland. All data were checked by Bernard Picton and Mark Costello, with additional checking of algae done by Michael Guiry. more

Sublittoral sites were surveyed by scuba diving from a rigid inflatable boat and littoral sites by direct observation on the shore. Sites were surveyed following the procedures laid out Hiscock (1990). For each site, and habitats within each site, a description was made of the main physical and biological features. The relative abundance of all conspicuous species present are recorded, categorised as rare, occasional, frequent, common, abundant or super abundant using the scales in Hiscock (1990). Habitats were selected from the main biological subzones and range of substrata present. Details of each site were recorded on sublittoral/littoral site sublittoral habitat and littoral habitat forms which facilitate data collation and transfer to a database. Photographs were taken to illustrate the range of habitats, communities and species present at as many of the sites as possible. Specimens were collected to improve in situ identification skills and to contribute to a voucher collection of the species present in the survey area. Specimens were lodged in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. A voucher collection algae present in the area and those that could not be identified were sent to Prof. M. Guiry, University College, Galway for identification.

Biology > Benthos, Biology > Macroalgae
Marine/Coastal, Brackish water, Benthic fauna, Benthic flora, diver, self-propelled small boat, ANE: Ireland, Irish Exclusive Economic Zone

Geographical coverage
ANE: Ireland, Irish Exclusive Economic Zone

Temporal coverage
1993 - 1996

Abundance Methodology
Abundance: scuba diving
Abundance: Direct observation on seashores

The University of Dublin, Trinity College; Environmental Sciences Unit, moredata creatordata owner
National Museums of Northern Ireland; Ulster Museum, moredata creator
Ecological Consultancy Services Ltd (EcoServe), moredata creator
Queen's University Belfast, moredata creator
The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Ireland); National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), moredata creator
Aquafact International Services, moredata creator
Tierney, creator
Dinneen, creator
Dempsey, creator
Dowse, creator

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McGrath, D.; Costello, M.J.; Emblow, C.S. (2000). The hermit crab Diogenes pugilator (Roux, 1829) in Irish waters. Biol. Environ. (Dublin) 100(2): 115-118, more
Connor, D.W.; Brazier, D.P.; Dalkin, M.J.; Hill, T.O.; Holt, R.H.F.; Northen, K.O.; Sanderson, W.G. (1999). Marine Nature Conservation Review: marine biotope classification for Britain and Ireland, Version 97.06, in: Picton, B.E. et al. (Ed.) The BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats, fauna and flora in Britain and Ireland. , more
Costello, M.J. et al. (1999). A review of the distribution of marine Talitridae (Amphipoda) in Ireland, including the results of a new survey of sandy beaches, in: Schram, F.R. et al. (Ed.) (1999). Crustaceans and the Biodiversity Crisis: Proceedings of the Fourth International Crustacean Congress, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 20-24, 1998, vol. I. pp. 473-487, more
Costello, M.J. (1998). Experience of the BioMar-LIFE project in the electronic dissemination of marine information, in: Cahill, B. (Ed.) Ocean Data Symposium 15-18 October 1997 [CD-ROM], Dublin Castle, Ireland. , more
Costello, M.J. et al. (1998). Electronic dissemination of marine biodiversity information collated in databases, in: Bohle-Carbonell, M. (Ed.) Marine Science and Technology Programme experiences in project data management. pp. 73-84, more
(1997). BioMar Biotope Viewer. Ver. 2.0. Environmental Sciences Unit, Trinity College: Dublin. ISBN 0-9526-735-4-1. 1 cd-rom pp., more
Costello, M.J.; Emblow, C.S.; Picton, B.E. (1996). Long term trends in the discovery of marine species new to science which occur in Britain and Ireland. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 76(1): 255-257, more
Costello, M.J.; Mills, P. (1996). The BIOMAR project: describing, classifying and mapping of marine biotopes in Ireland, in: Salman, A.H.P.M. et al. (Ed.) Coastal Management and Habitat Conservation: Proceedings of the 4th EUCC Congress, Marathon, Greece: Volume 2. pp. 297-310, more
Costello, M.J. (1995). The BioMar (Life) project: developing a system for the collection, storage and dissemination of marine data for coastal management, in: Hiscock, K. (Ed.) Classification of benthic marine biotopes of the north-east Atlantic: Proceedings of a BioMar-Life workshop held in Cambridge, 16-18 November 1994. pp. 9-17, more
Crean, E.; Gillmor, J.; Duffy, L.; Costello, M.J.; Mills, P. (1995). A computerised model for predicting the exposure of coastal areas to wave action, in: Proceedings Coast GIS '95, International Symposium on GIS and computer mapping for coastal zone management. pp. 209-227, more
Sides, E.M.; Picton, B.E.; Costello, M.J.; Crean, E.; Emblow, C.S.; Gillmor, J.; Kelly, K.S.; Morrow, C.C. (1995). Identification and mapping of marine biotopes, in: Carroll, M. et al. (Ed.) Coastal zone management: from needs to action. pp. 198-203, more
Costello, M.J. (1993). Development of the BioMar database, and its contribution to nature conservation management in the Irish Sea, in: Marine and Coastal databases. Irish Sea Forum Seminar Reports, 3: pp. 72-79, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2004-07-15
Information last updated: 2022-08-16
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