Report No. : GEO Report No. 84

Report Title : December 1995 Investigation of Benthic Recolonization at the Mirs Bay Disposal Site (1999), 89 p.

Author : Binnie Consultants Limited


This report documents the findings of a survey at the Mirs Bay disposal site (MBDS), using sediment-profile photography and benthic grab sampling/taxonomic analysis, to assess the degree of colonisation by benthic organism since the cessation of mud disposal. It was concluded that benthic organisms have been successful in colonizing the dumped material at MBDS. By providing increased stability and habitat diversity relative to the surrounding seabed, the dumped material has been functioning as the seabed equivalent of an artificial reef for benthic macro-fauna.

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