The Deep-sea Conservation for the UK (DCUK) project began in April 2005, with two years of funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The project was developed to provide information on threats to offshore biodiversity, develop practical case studies to help future conservation management and to disseminate this information to a wider public. The project partners were Scottish Association for Marine Science (lead partner), University of Plymouth, National Oceanography Centre, and Marine Biological Association. The project was highly successful and is described in the final report (DCUK, 2007).
The work of DCUK was then continued with another 2 year project (DCUK2) and some changes to the partnership. It was again funded by a grant from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The project was coordinated at an executive level by the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society (PMNHS) and the other partners were Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), University of Plymouth (UoP), and National Oceanography Centre (NOC).
The DCUK2 project is divided into the following three modules:
- Large-scale habitat classification of the deep-sea realm;
- Predicting the occurrence of vulnerable deep-sea habitats and species and developing international ocean basin scale research on cold-water corals;
- Practical monitoring and management of protected deep-sea areas.
Further information and a full report on the project can be downloaded here as a pdf: DCUK2 Final Report