Biodiversity hotspots on the Dutch Continental Shelf: a marine strategy framework directive perspective

O.G. Bos, R. Witbaard, M.S.S. Lavaleye, G.W.N.M. Moorsel, L.R. Teal, R. van Hal, T. van der Hammen, R. ter Hofstede, R.S.A. van Bemmelen, R.H. Witte, S.C.V. Geelhoed, E.M. Dijkman

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This report presenst hotspots of biodiversity for benthos, fish, birds, marine mammals and habitats on the Dutch Continental Shelf. These hotspots are based on a spatial application of biodiversity metrics developed in this study for the GES(Good Environmental Status)-descriptor 1 ‘Biological diversity is maintained’ of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) (EU 2008). The choice of the biodiversity metrics is based on the proposed indicators of biodiversity in the Commission Decision (EU 2010). The purpose of this study is to provide insight in possibilities for spatial protection measures in the framework of the MSFD. This report feeds information and ideas into further work for the MSFD in the Netherlands. IMARES has compiled this report for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (Ministry of EL&I) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationIJmuiden
Number of pages145
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameReport / IMARES Wageningen UR


  • biodiversity
  • inventories
  • protection
  • mapping
  • biogeography
  • benthos
  • fish
  • birds
  • marine mammals
  • habitats
  • netherlands


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