|The benthos of the Western North Sea|
McIntyre, A.D. (1978). The benthos of the Western North Sea. : 405-417
Benthos; Fishery surveys; Marine
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The object of this review is to consider the knowledge available on the benthos of the western North Sea, in particular with respect to any changes which may have taken place in recent years, and to examine this in relation to fisheries. The area covered is the east coast of the UK from the continental edge north of Shetland to the eastern boundary of the English Channel, and extending out roughly to the centre of the North Sea. From the results it can be seen that it is sometimes possible to detect significant changes in the benthos, but that in such cases the changes are usually attributable to specific identifiable events, such as severe winters or environmental changes brought about by man. These changes tend to be restricted to certain species or to be geographically localized. Microfauna and meiofauna react quickly to environmental pressures and may be useful in providing an early warning of potential changes for the fishing industry.