C9: Healthy seas: seafloor habitats functioning

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Short description

This indicator will show changes in the natural functionality and extent of seafloor habitats able to support a healthy and productive ecosystem. The indicator is linked to the UK Marine Strategy Descriptor 6 (Seafloor Integrity). The indicator will be derived from the integration of metrics of individual broad habitat types and selected vulnerable habitats. Well-functioning seafloor habitats (physically and structurally) are both productive and sufficiently extensive, to carry out natural functionality, including the necessary ecological processes which underpin ecosystem goods and services, and are capable of supporting a healthy and sustainable ecosystem for the long term.

This indicator is not available for reporting in 2021 as further development is needed. Analytical methods and some data on benthic habitats are available.

This table provides metadata for the interim or final indicator presented above.

Indicator name

Healthy seas: seafloor habitats functioning

Indicator reference


Outcome Indicator Framework theme

Seas and Estuaries

Headline indicator status

Not applicable

Relevant goal(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Thriving plants and wildlife
Relevant target(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Ensuring seafloor habitats are productive and sufficiently extensive to support healthy, sustainable ecosystems
Position in the natural capital framework
  • Condition of assets - seas
Related reporting commitments
  • Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR)
  • UK Marine Strategy (Marine Strategy Regulations 2010)
  • Water Framework Regulations – The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017, The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017, Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003
  • Relevant to Sustainable Development Goal 14
Geographic scope


Status of indicator development

In development

Date last updated

11 June 2021