Recent Submissions

  • EMFF Coastal Sediments Project – Achill Bay Survey Report

    O'Sullivan, David; INFOMAR (Marine Institute, 2021)
    There is an ongoing requirement for high resolution substrate maps that accurately depict the sediment properties of the seabed and improve our knowledge of the marine environment. This Coastal Sediment Sampling Project, funded by the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), will conduct intense sediment sampling and environmental data collection (including video) surveys on areas of interest in Ireland’s coastal waters to develop high resolution sediment maps, create habitat maps and support ancillary EMFF projects coordinated by the Marine Institute. Achill Bay was selected as the first leg of this survey programme as no multibeam data exists within the inner bay and a significant number of sediment samples were required to create accurate seabed classification charts and habitat maps. A strategic sampling campaign will target and retrieve sediment samples for Particle Size Analysis and increase the accuracy of key derived products such as substrate and habitat maps which are key to supporting Ireland’s Marine Spatial Plan, and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, identified as priority action(s) of the EMFF Operational Programme. The primary aim of this survey was to conduct a ground-truthing sampling survey of Achill Bay and acquire sediment samples from predefined locations. In addition, video ground-truthing will be conducted using a GoPro camera and frame for manual deployment
  • EMFF Coastal Sediments Project – Offshore Sampling Survey Report, December 2021

    O'Sullivan, David; INFOMAR (Marine Institute, 2021)
    There is an ongoing requirement for high resolution substrate maps that accurately depict the sediment properties of the seabed and improve our knowledge of the marine environment. A Coastal Sediment Sampling Project, funded by the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and led by INFOMAR, was established to conduct intense sediment sampling and environmental data collection (including video) surveys on areas of interest in Ireland’s coastal waters to develop high resolution sediment, substrate and habitat maps, increase the accuracy of these key derived products and support ancillary EMFF projects coordinated by the Marine Institute. Furthermore, this strategic campaign will support Ireland’s Marine Spatial Plan, and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, identified as priority action(s) of the EMFF Operational Programme. This report details the second leg of the EMFF Coastal Sediment Sampling Project which was conducted in offshore coastal waters of the Irish Sea and along Irelands south coast. Five sampling areas were chosen of which three were surveyed, with each area requiring additional sediment data in order to increase the resolution of existing seabed classification charts. The primary aim of this survey was to retrieve sediment samples for Particle Size Analysis from these selected areas to increase the accuracy of relevant substrate and habitat maps.