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You make clear what you wish from us by sending in a contact form.

  • It can be that you have a set of raw data from your research, experiments or monitoring.
  • It might be that you do already have a hypothesis or have some results from first analyses.
  • It is possible that you do already have a draft manuscript.
  • Anything is possible: make clear what you have and what you expect.

We will contact you to talk over your wishes and the starting material (e.g. datasets, first results, draft manuscript, etc.), and to identify if our expertise fits your needs.

If we both have the feeling that there is a nice basis for a cooperation, we will likely ask you to provide datasets and/or (if any) first results and text.

Based on your wishes and the material already there, we will provide you with an offer ‚Ć©indicative‚Ć™ consisting of:

  • Proposed delivery schedule
  • Our hypotheses and a proposal for a manuscript (e.g. identification of specific sections, suggested graphs, figures and tables)
  • Suggestion for suitable scientific journals
  • A price that generally will be divided in two (first half to be paid upon completion of the final manuscript; second half to be paid upon acceptation of the manuscript by the journal)
  • Other agreements like appointments to discuss progress and findings, author sequence, tasks related to submission and communication with the journal, offprints and/or open access, communication of credits after publication.

After agreement a contract will be signed from both sides, and we start as co-authors on the task.

As indicated, all kind of partial orders for specific tasks are possible as well, as is consultation of our ecological expertise.

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Quality status benthic habitats Dutch North Sea

Example of H1110b – photo O.G. Bos.

The Ecoauthor report on the quality status and developments of benthic habitats and MSFD-areas of the Dutch North Sea is now available. The report presents the results of the application of the Benthic Indicator Species Index (BISI) on the 2015 monitoring data (considered the T0 as various measures of the Dutch Action plan Marine Strategy were just or still had to be implemented in 2015) and compares the quality status with the recent historic developments.

Some of the most important findings are:

– A stagnation and recent decline in the benthic habitat quality of offshore areas like the Frisian Front and Central Oystergrounds after years of improvement. This might be the result of a gradual movement of (seafloor disturbing) fisheries from the coastal zone to the offshore regions as suggested by results of specific BISI analyses (focussed on specific indicator species for seafloor disturbance) and the possible first improvements as observed in coastal areas.
– The permanent large impact of amongst others nutrients and pollutants (summarized as ecological disturbance) on benthic habitat quality, especially in the coastal zone, but also extending to further offshore areas like the Doggersbank. Although ecological disturbance is the most important pressure in the area of the Doggersbank, the observed decrease in benthic quality during the last two decades seems to be the result of increasing seafloor disturbance.

The study was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) in consultation with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW), and executed in cooperation with Wageningen Marine Research (WMR).

The entire report can be downloaded from here (at the moment only in Dutch, but an English translation is foreseen).

Wijnhoven, S. (2018). T0 beoordeling kwaliteitstoestand NCP op basis van de Benthische Indicator Soorten Index (BISI). Toestand en ontwikkelingen van benthische habitats en KRM gebieden op de Noordzee in en voorafgaand aan 2015. Rapport Ecoauthor & Wageningen Marine Research. Ecoauthor Report Series 2018 – 01, Heinkenszand, the
Netherlands.

Annex 1 ‘KRM factsheet D6C3 Benthische habitats kwaliteit (BISI)‘ is available from here.

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