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Title: UK national monitoring plan : regional report for England and Wales : estuarine and intermediate sites (1991 to 1995)
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
The National Monitoring Plan (NMP) was set up in response to recommendations from Marine Pollution Monitoring Management Group (MPMMG) and the North Sea Task Force (NSTF). Both groups recommended that a series of offshore sites could serve as reference stations producing data for comparison with more heavily contaminated sites around the coast and in estuaries. The NMP was not intended to substitute for intensive sampling programmes. Rather, it was intended to produce a coordinated and reliable data set on nationally significant contaminants in inshore and coastal waters. The NMP strategy in summary is: Conduct an initial spatial study of water, sediments, biota and biological effects and review existing information in order to direct annual monitoring effort. Review the need for and then possibly annual monitoring programme for contaminants in water and other media (e.g. unfiltered water, surficial sediment, fish muscle etc). Form a national database for important contaminants, biological communities and biological response in UK coastal waters. The aim of this report is to describe the progress of that part of the NMP administered by the Environment Agency and to briefly describe the monitoring data collected so far (1991 to 1995).
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1997
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: EstuariesCoastal watersMarine environmentNational planningMonitoringSite surveysContaminationBiota
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Extent: 34; + figures and appendices
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