|Benthic habitats are essential for marine life because many marine species rely directly or indirectly on the seafloor to feed, hide, rest or reproduce. Seafloor physical disturbance, caused by pressures associated with human activities, such as bottom-contact fishing, aggregate extraction, or offshore construction, can adversely affect benthic habitats, especially those with fragile species and organisms that take longer to recover, e.g., longer-lived species.
These assessments contribute to our 2023 Quality Status Report which, when viewed together, build a picture of the overall condition of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic and progress towards achieving our vision of a clean, healthy and biologically diverse North-East Atlantic Ocean, which is productive, used sustainably and resilient to climate change and ocean acidification. The results will also be used by OSPAR Contracting Parties to inform policy decisions.
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