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|Abiotic||Devoid of life.|
|Aggregate||The mixture of minerals commonly used in the construction industry, that may be sourced from the seabed (Defra, 2007).|
|Annex I habitats||List of 189 habitats to be protected under the EC Habitats Directive by means of a network of sites.|
|Annex II species||List of 788 species to be protected under the EC Habitats directive by means of a network of sites.|
|Appropiate Assessment||The assessment that is required to determine the potential effect of a project or plan on an SPA or SAC (Defra, 2007).|
|Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB)||They are fine landscapes, of great variety in character and extent. The criteria for designation is their outstanding natural beauty. Many AONBs also fulfil a recreational role but, unlike national parks, this is not a designation criteria. The administration of planning and development control in AONBs is the responsibility of those local authorities within whose boundaries they fall. The statutory purpose of AONBs is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area (www.defra.gov.uk).|
|Artificial Reef||Any man-made structure that is submerged, or partially submerged, at any stage of the tidal cycle. It may be placed by design for a multitude of purposes, eg piers, jetties, coastal defence, fishery enhancement, or by chance, eg shipwrecks (Anon, 2001).|
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