Soft bottom macrofauna: Collection, treatment, and quality assurance of samples.
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The aim of these recommendations is to standardize the methods used by different scientists for benthos surveys in order to increase the comparability of results for different areas. The results of ICES/HELCOM Quality Assurance workshops, intercalibrations, and ring tests have been incorporated in this set of recommendations in order to increase the quality, reliability and, thus, comparability of benthos data at a time when an increasing number of researchers and institutions are engaged in sorting and analysing benthos samples before their final evaluation and the storage of information in public data banks. The choice of an appropriate sampler depends on the average living depth of the infauna in question, which can range from the upper millimetre down to almost one metre. Possible discrepancies between the penetration depth of the sampler and the actual living depth must be considered when analysing the results. This set of recommendations covers all steps from the design of the s.....
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Series;NrICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences; 27
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Benthic invertebrate abundance and distribution
Best Practice TypeStandard Operating Procedure
CitationRumohr, H. (1999) Soft bottom macrofauna: Collection, treatment, and quality assurance of samples. ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences, No. 2, 19pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-275