Guidelines for the study of the epibenthos of subtidal environments.
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These Guidelines for the Study of the Epibenthos of Subtidal Environments document a range of sampling gears and procedures for epibenthos studies that meet a variety of needs. The importance of adopting consistent sampling and analytical practices is highlighted. Emphasis is placed on ship-based techniques for surveys of coastal and offshore shelf environments, but diver-assisted surveys are also considered. The account extends earlier work by the ICES Benthos Ecology Working Group on methods for studying the benthic communities of hard substrata (Connor, 1995; see Annex 1). It also complements the ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences (TIMES) guidelines for the study of the soft-bottom macrofauna (Rumohr, in prep.), the phytobenthos (Kautsky, in prep.), and other publications dealing with benthic sampling methods, notably Eleftheriou and McIntyre (2005). Coverage of sampling gears is not exhaustive, and others may be added in future editions. The target audience includ.....
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Series;NrICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences;42
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Benthic invertebrate abundance and distribution
Best Practice TypeStandard Operating Procedure
CitationRees, H. L. (ed). (2009) Guidelines for the study of the epibenthos of subtidal environments. ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences No. 42, 88pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-222