MEFEPO North Western Waters Atlas 2nd Edition

Published by: Marine Institute
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The MEFEPO (Making the European Fisheries Ecosystem Plan Operational) project 2nd Edition was made up of a group of ecologists, economists, management experts and fisheries scientists who are trying to make ecosystem based fisheries management (EBFM) a reality in Europe. EBFM seeks to support the three pillars of sustainability’ (ecological, social and economic).The North Western Waters (NWW) area is situated in the north east Atlantic off the west coast of Ireland and Scotland, and extends into the Celtic Sea, Irish Sea and the English Channel. The NWW covers approximately 1.15 million km2 and comprises 12 ICES Divisions and three OSPAR regions. Parts of the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) of three countries (UK, Ireland and France) make up NWW. The majority of the NWW area is composed of water less than 100m deep (20%), while 17% lies between 100m and 200m (17%) and 20% between 1,000m and 1,500m. The MEFEPO Atlas project commenced in 2009 and was completed in 2011. The North Western Waters Atlas collected and produced data maps and text on area and depth, climate, water movements, sea temperature, sea floor habitat, contaminants and nutrients, plankton, nutrients, marine reptiles, seabirds, marine mammals, protected areas and fishing restrictions, elasmobranches, fishing activities and mariculture. The MEFEPO Atlas produced to support ecosystem approach in fisheries science. The MEFEPO Atlas produced by University of Liverpool (UK), Instituto de Investigação das Pescas e do Mar (Portugal), Wageningen IMARES (Netherlands), Université de Bretange Occidentale (France), Marine Institute (Ireland), University of Tromsø (Norway), CEFAS (UK), Institute for Fisheries Management (Denmark), Universidad dos Acores (Portugal) and Instituto Espanol de Oceanografía (Spain). Atlas maps completed for edition published.

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Theme Environment
Date dataset released 2011-08-31
Date dataset updated 2017-12-18
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Rights notes ['Creative Commons licence conditions apply', '', 'license', '', 'license']
Update frequency Irregular
Language English
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-15.8, 48.1],[-15.8, 60.1], [-3.1, 60.1], [-3.1, 48.1], [-15.8, 48.1]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) WGS 84 (EPSG:4326)
Vertical Extent {"maxVerticalExtent": "-1", "verticalDomainName": null, "minVerticalExtent": "-3000"}
Provenance information Report produced by MEFEPO project. Open shapefiles from report provided with download.
Period of time covered (end) 2011-08-31