Low or variable salinity habitats - Kelp in variable or reduced salinity (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS)
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The Priority Marine Feature (PMF) list contains 81 habitats and species considered to be of conservation importance in Scotland's seas. It includes many features which are characteristic of the Scottish marine environment, ranging from flame shell beds in coastal waters, to cold-water coral reefs of the deeper seas, and mobile species such as minke whale and basking shark.
This layer shows the distribution of Kelp in variable or reduced salinity. Very few records occur outside Scotland where it is found in saline lagoons in Orkney, Shetland, the Hebrides and west coast of Scotland. The habitat is dominated by sugar kelp and various red and green seaweeds and is only found on very wave sheltered bedrock and boulders.