The benthic infauna of the North Sea: species distribution and assemblages.
The benthic foraminiferal assemblage identified indicates a low oxygen environment with high organic detritus accumulation.
The diets were dominated by pelagic and benthopelagic prey and relatively little use was made of the benthic biota.
Our work will contribute to the modeling work of the MESH project by helping to define the physical environmental conditions that support benthic biotopes.
JNCC are developing a computer program to help assign benthic sample data to biotopes in the national biotope classification.