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MAFCONS Report Summary

Project ID: Q5RS-2002-00856
Funded under: FP5-LIFE QUALITY
Country: United Kingdom

Sampling Protocols Manual

When different research groups in different countries operating on different research vessels are involved in collecting data for a single dataset, then standardisation of data collection, storage and analysis is paramount. For future comparisons of data, subsequent to completion of this project, it is also necessary for replication of the protocols to be adhered to. As a result a very detailed manual covering all aspects of data collection is produced.

This detailed methodology manual describes the samplers used, as well as their deployment, for fish and benthic infaunal and epifaunal invertebrates. The processing of each collected sample is detailed, including preservation and storage methods where necessary. The data to be recorded are listed, examples of data recording forms provided and the procedures for data exchange outlined.

The forerunner to MAFCONS, EC FAIR-CT95-0817, developed a standardised 2-metre beamtrawl for sampling invertebrates from IBTS survey vessels. This beam trawl was used in Mafcons and is now standard equipment for many different sampling strategies worldwide. MAFCONS have now produced this sampling manual and parts of this sampling protocol are already being used by researchers on other IBTS survey vessels where invertebarate data are collected (using the 2m-beam trawl).


John LANCASTER, (Project Co-ordinator)
Tel.: +44-01792-295451
Fax: +44-01792-295452
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