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Benthic Species ScotMER Receptor Group

The Benthic Species ScotMER Receptor Group is concerned with evidence gaps related to the benthic species and habitats.


This group has worked together to identify and prioritise evidence gaps associated with the planning and consenting processes for offshore renewable developments, which are detailed in the ScotMER Benthic Evidence Map available for download below.

  • Marine Scotland Science
  • Marine Scotland Planning & Policy
  • Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team 
  • NatureScot
  • Scottish Renewables representatives from industry
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • The Crown Estate Scotland (TCES)
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Cranfield University
  • Fugro/EMU
  • Aquatera
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • St Abbs Marine Station
  • Edinburgh Napier University

Benthic evidence map: January 2023

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