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In situ quantitative sampling of benthic organisms

  • B. F. Keegan1 and
  • G. Könnecker1
Helgoländer wissenschaftliche Meeresuntersuchungen24:BF01609516


1. The burrowing range of some infaunal animals and their accessibility to benthic sampling instruments is briefly considered.

2. An excavation depth of > 50 cm is deemed necessary for effective sampling of most deposits.

3. A diver-operated suction-sampler is described and evaluated. This ‘air-lift’ was used most successfully over a wide range of substrates.

4. Constructional and operational details are given for a new ‘minimum-disturbance’ core sampler.