ON SANDBANKS OF THE WESTERN IRISH SEA Javier Atalah; Julien Chopelet; Ilaria Coscia; Jennifer Coughlan; Edward Farrell; Jayne Fitch* MARine Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution University College Dublin Gemma Byrne Geological Services Ireland MARBEE
Richness, Total Abundance and Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index. • Community structure was visualized using non-metric Multi Dimensional Scaling. • Community Structure as a whole were compared using Permanova. • PRIMER 6 + PERMANOVA
not alter the abundance, species richness and structure of the demersal and benthic communities sampled. • There was an increase in Shannon-Weiner diversity at the cable site compared to the control. • At the spatial and temporal scale examined here, offshore wind farms were found to have little impact on fauna in this naturally highly disturbed environment.
the proposed large scale installation is essential to identify any future impacts. • Conservation opportunities may exist to create marine reserves around offshore wind farms by introducing exclusion/no take zones.
of the RV Celtic Voyager • Tasman Crowe and Stefano Mariani- UCD • Mathieu Cusson- University of Pisa • Cormac Nolan- UCD • Brendan O’Connor- BEC • Chris Frid- University of Liverpool • Jim Wilson- TCD • Brian O’Doherty- Airtricty and Alexis Billet- GE Energy References available upon request.