OSPAR request to support the development of common and candidate OSPAR biodiversity indicators for benthic habitats: selection of habitats in support of the development of the Typical Species Composition indicator
ICES provides selection criteria for generating a reduced list of habitats in support of the development of the Typical Species Composition indicator. ICES has not selected specific habitats at this point due to the absence of collated information to support the use of the selection criteria.
ICES ability to answer this request was hampered by a lack of clarity concerning the concepts underlying a Typical Species Composition indicator. There is a need to develop a roadmap that translates conceptual ideas surrounding the Typical Species Composition indicator into sequential stages of analysis that address specific issues in turn. Once this roadmap has been developed, OSPAR will need to commission a targeted data collection programme. ICES suggests that the short-listing process is expanded to cover all MSFD special and predominant habitats.
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