Soft-bottom macrofauna: collection, treatment, and quality assurance of samples.
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These recommendations are intended to standardize the methods for benthos surveys used by different scientists to increase the comparability of results for different areas. The results of ICES/HELCOM Quality Assurance workshops, intercalibrations, and ring tests have been incorporated into this set of recommendations to increase the quality, reliability and, therefore, comparability of benthos data before their final evaluation and storage in public databanks. These recommendations are timely, given the increasing number of researchers and institutions that are engaged in sorting and analysing benthos samples. This document covers all steps, from the design of the sampling programme, to considerations of which gear to use, as well as all shipboard methods, such as sampling with grabs, corers, dredges, and trawls. There is no single, standard sampling gear for benthos investigations. The choice of an appropriate sampler depends on the average living depth of the infauna of interest; .....
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Series;NrICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences; 43
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Benthic invertebrate abundance and distribution
Best Practice TypeStandard Operating Procedure
CitationRumohr, H. (2009) Soft‐bottom macrofauna: collection, treatment, and quality assurance of samples. ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences, No. 43, 20pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-238