Ecosystem overviews

Greater North Sea Ecoregion

State of benthos

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Greater North Sea benthic communities show a division between communities in the mainly shallow inshore waters in the south (English Channel to German Bight) from those in deeper waters (>50 m) north of the Dogger Bank. In between, the offshore communities of the sandy and muddy areas are also well distinguished (including the Oyster Ground and the sandy Dogger Bank). Coarser substrata, especially in the southwestern North Sea and the eastern English Channel generally supports species-rich communities, contrasting the latitudinal (south-to-north) trend towards higher diversity in finer sediments.​​​​​​

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Greater North Sea Ecoregion

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