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West coast of Scotland Loch Linnhe/Loch Eil benthic ecology surveys (1963-1980)

Data holding centreScottish Association for Marine Science
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1963 to 1980
Geographical area

Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, west coast of Scotland


Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Carbon concentrations in sediment; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Nitrogen concentrations in sediment; Salinity of the water column; Quantity of material dumped; Redox potential in sediment; Concentration of other organic contaminants in sediment samples; Concentrations of biopolymers in sediment; Temperature of the water column


Discrete water samplers; sediment grabs; unconsolidated sediment corers


The survey was initiated to assess the impact on the sedimentary ecology of the area of the effluent from a pulp and paper mill discharging into the narrows between the two lochs. It was continued as a general study of organic enrichment of marine sediments and of fjordic benthic ecology. The study resulted in the publication of over 50 research papers over a period of 20 years.

OriginatorsScottish Association for Marine Science

Pearson, T.H. (1975) The benthic ecology of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, a sea loch system on the west coast of Scotland. IV. Changes in the benthic fauna attributable to organic enrichment., Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 20(1): 1-36.; Pearson, T.H. (1982) The Loch Eil Project: assessment and synthesis., Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology. 57(1): 93-124.

OrganisationScottish Association for Marine Science
ContactSteven J Gontarek (Data Information Manager)

Scottish Association for Marine Science

PA37 1QA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1631 559314
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1049017
Global identifier656
Last revised2009-12-01