Project specific

The documents found on this page are relevant to MERMAN data submitters and are downloadable. Documents include the data submission templates and a number of submission guidance notes, which are updated annually.

Registered users are able to upload or extract data via the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Portal. To enquire about registration, please contact the MERMAN Database Managers or the Responsible Officer for your CMA.

Data submissions for CMAs

The most recent data submission templates are available below — CMAs should click on the appropriate Microsoft Excel icon icon to access each file and refer to the 'MERMAN User Guide' (below) for instructions on how to complete these templates. 

These templates were last updated on 9th April 2019.

  • Template — Biota input spreadsheet Download the Biota template (5 MB)
  • Template — Biology input spreadsheet Download the Biology template (5 MB)
  • Template — Sediment input spreadsheet Download the Sediment template (4.5 MB)
  • Template — Water input spreadsheet Download the Water template (5 MB)
  • Template — AQC input spreadsheet Download the AQC template (4.5 MB)
  • Template — Biology AQC input spreadsheet Download the Biology AQC template (4.5 MB)
  • Template — Biological Effects AQC input spreadsheet Download the Biological Effects AQC template (7 MB)
  • Template — PT input spreadsheet Download the PT template (4.5 MB)
  • Template — RID input spreadsheet Download the RID template (4.5 MB)
  • Template — Unhold input spreadsheet Download the Unhold template (4.5 MB)

Once data have been entered, please save the file as comma-separated ASCII (CSV format) and upload it to the Defra portal as instructed. A copy should also be sent to the MERMAN Database Managers.

Guidance for CMAs

The following documents are intended to give guidance to MERMAN users. CMAs should click on the appropriate PDF Icon icon, to download the file.

  • MERMAN User Guide PDF Icon (1 MB)
  • Business Objects User Guide PDF Icon (13 MB)
  • MERMAN Reports Guide PDF Icon (2.5 MB)
  • Laboratory Reference Material (LRM) Guidance PDF Icon (35 KB)
  • LRM registration template
  • MERMAN Station Dictionary Download the MERMAN Station Dictionary
  • Green Book GuideDownload the GreenBook Guide (1.4 MB)
  • MERMAN Data Queries Download the MERMAN Data Queries (300 KB)
  • 2022 assessment oddities may be viewed here
  • CSEMP Own Sample Audits summary

MERMAN data feeds into the Marine Online Assessment Tool (MOAT).