The ability of a habitat, community or individual (or individual colony) of species to redress damage sustained as a result of an external factor. Recoverability is only applicable if and when the impacting factor has been removed or has stopped. Ranks also only refer to the recoverability potential of a species, based on its reproductive biology etc.
|Definition (from Hiscock et al., 1999)
|Recovery is not possible
|Very low / none
|Partial recovery is only likely to occur after about 10 years and full recovery may take over 25 years or never occur.
|Only partial recovery is likely within 10 years and full recovery is likely to take up to 25 years.
|Only partial recovery is likely within 5 years and full recovery is likely to take up to 10 years.
|Full recovery will occur but will take many months (or more likely years) but should be complete within about five years.
|Full recovery is likely within a few weeks or at most 6 months.
|Recovery immediate or within a few days.
|For when intolerance is not relevant or cannot be assessed. Recoverability cannot have a value if there is no "intolerance" and is thus "Not relevant".
- Hiscock, K, Jackson, A. & Lear, D., 1999. Assessing seabed species and ecosystem sensitivities: existing approaches and development, October 1999 edition. Report to the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions form the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN), Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Plymouth.