Search for particularly valuable benthic areas in the German North Sea EEZ


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AbstractFollowing an extensive bottom animal (zoobenthos) sampling expedition in early summer 2000, nine different assemblages (communities)were identified in the sublittoral offshore waters from the North of the Dogger Bank to the inner parts of the German Bight. The characteristics of these communities are presented, and their specific values for protection measures are indicated. Special attention is given to complex biotope areas where rare species and rich mosaics of communities occur. Since many of these areas fulfil the ecological criteria for sandbank and stone reef habitats of the European Habitats Directive, they have been proposed for protection (see figure 1 in chapter 4).



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Rachor, E. (2006): Search for particularly valuable benthic areas in the German North Sea EEZ , Progress in Marine Conservation in Europe : NATURA 2000 Sites in German offshore waters / Henning von Nordheim; Dieter Boedecker; Jochen C. Krause, Eds. Berlin : Springer Berlin, Chapter 7, ISBN: 3-540-33290-1 .


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