Current & recently complete projects

EMODnet Seabed Habitats (EUSeaMap)

EMODnet Seabed Habitats (2013-2016) is a project that is producing broad-scale predictive habitat maps for the entire European seabed, building on the work of the EUSeaMap (2009-2012) and MESH (2004-2008) projects. More information is available in the EMODnet Seabed Habitats website.


Completed projects

UKSeaMap 2010

This project produced a new predictive seabed habitat map for the UK marine area. It built on the previous work of UKSeaMap 2006 and MESH. More information is available in the Habitat Mapping section of our website.



JNCC led an international marine habitat mapping programme entitled “Development of a framework for Mapping European Seabed Habitats”, or MESH for short, which began in spring 2004 and ended in January 2008. A consortium of 12 partners across the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France gained financial support from the EU INTERREG IIIB fund for the project.


UKSeaMap (2006)

The UKSeaMap 2006 project followed on from the Irish Sea Pilot study, part of which investigated the concept of 'marine landscapes' and their ecological relevance. As a result, a UK-wide map of marine landscapes was produced based on a number of physical attributes of the seabed and water column.


Review of Marine Nature Conservation and the Irish Sea Pilot

The review was established in 1999 by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to examine how well the UK system for protecting nature conservation at sea was working and suggest improvements. An interim report was submitted to Ministers in 2001. A key recommendation was to undertake a pilot scheme, at the regional sea scale, to test the potential for an ecosystem approach to managing the marine environment. The Irish Sea Pilot project, was led by JNCC. It started work  in 2002 and completed its research in 2004.


Marine Nature Conservation Review (MNCR)

The MNCR was started in 1987 by the Nature Conservancy Council and was undertaken by the JNCC on behalf of the conservation agencies up to its completion in 1998. The MNCR was initiated to provide a comprehensive baseline of information on marine habitats and species, to aid coastal zone and sea-use management and to contribute to the identification of areas of marine natural heritage importance throughout Great Britain. The focus of MNCR work was on benthic habitats and their associated communities, which together are described as 'biotopes' in inshore areas.