Plankton Sampling

Plankton Sampling

We sample zooplankton (animals) using various nets.  Typically we will sample the entire water column from just above the sea floor to the surface.  The plankton captured in the net are brought on board the boat and washed down into the “cod end”.  They are then transferred to a bucket and preserved for later analysis in our lab at IOS.  Monitoring the plankton helps us understand changes in the ocean and food availability for fish.

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