Dead Mans Fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) and possible Keel worm (Pomatoceros sp.) on rocks
Upon completion of Folkestone Pomerania we proceeded to our two offshore sites, Offshore Overfalls and Offshore Brighton, to begin gathering further evidence for their designation. The sites are fairly large and our sampling strategy for Offshore Brighton can be seen below:
Broadscale habitat map overlaid with sampling locations and site boundary
We have been working steadily through the sites and are currently focused on collecting video and grab samples with opportunistic multibeam between stations. After this the data will be used to select areas for more intensive sampling and acoustics. Fingers crossed for continued good weather!
Thornback ray (Raja clavata)