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Marine Strategy Framework Directive descriptors 2010/477/EU

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DescriptionConcepts specified as descriptors of good environmental status as defined by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive as published in 2010/477/EU: Commission Decision of 1 September 2010 on criteria and methodological standards on good environmental status of marine waters (notified under document C(2010) 5956).
CreatorEuropean Commission
Version Info3
Identifier C45
Register Manager British Oceanographic Data Centre
Register Owner European Commission
Identifier PrefLabel Definition Date
D1 Biological diversity maintained Biological diversity is maintained. The quality and occurrence of habitats and the distribution and abundance of species are in line with prevailing physiographic, geographic and climate conditions 2017-02-24
D3 Commercial fish and shellfish populations are healthy Populations of all commercially exploited fish and shellfish are within safe biological limits, exhibiting a population age and size distribution that is indicative of a healthy stock 2017-02-24
D8 Contaminants do not produce pollution effects Concentrations of contaminants are at levels not giving rise to pollution effects 2017-02-24
D9 Contaminants in seafood do not exceed established levels Contaminants in fish and other seafood for human consumption do not exceed levels established by Community legislation or other relevant standards 2017-02-24
D5 Eutrophication is minimised Human-induced eutrophication is minimised, especially adverse effects thereof, such as losses in biodiversity, ecosystem degradation, harmful algal blooms and oxygen deficiency in bottom water 2017-02-24
D7 Hydrographical conditions are not altered Permanent alteration of hydrographical conditions does not adversely affect marine ecosystems 2017-02-24
D11 Introduction of energy does not adversely affect the marine environment Introduction of energy, including underwater noise, is at levels that do not adversely affect the marine environment 2017-02-24
D4 Marine food webs are at normal abundance and diversity All elements of the marine food webs, to the extent that they are known, occur at normal abundance and diversity and levels capable of ensuring the long-term abundance of the species and the retention of their full reproductive capacity 2017-02-24
D2 Non-indigenous species do not adversely affect ecosystem Non-indigenous species introduced by human activities are at levels that do not adversely alter the ecosystem 2017-02-24
D10 Properties and quantities of marine litter do not cause harm Properties and quantities of marine litter do not cause harm to the coastal and marine environment 2017-02-24
D6 Sea-floor integrity supports ecosystem Sea-floor integrity is at a level that ensures that the structure and functions of the ecosystems are safeguarded and benthic ecosystems, in particular, are not adversely affected 2017-02-24