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MELMARINA Report Summary

Project ID: ICA3-CT-2002-10009
Funded under: FP5-INCO 2
Country: United Kingdom

Agreements on sites, sampling and analytical methodologies

Three primary sites were designated, one in each North African country. They were Ghar el Melh (Tunisia), Merja Zerga (Morocco) and Lake Manzala (Egypt. Two secondary sites were originally designated in each country to provide context for the primary sites (Tunisia: Lac de Korba and Halk el Mijil; Morocco: Sidi Bou Rhaba and Lagoon Nador; Egypt: Bardawil and Qarun, the latter lake replaced Burullus, see Problems Encountered below).

Site selection was achieved through extensive discussions of all project partners. For each primary lagoon, base-line environmental site surveys were undertaken in order to establish existing monitoring activites (if present) and to facilitate the design of project monitoring and sampling activities. North African partners led this work for their respective sites.

A methods protocol was established within the first three months of the project and adjusted where necessary during following project workshops. Water chemistry analysis performance between North African laboratories was regulated by distributing test samples for independent analysis with known concentrations of dissolved ions.

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