Meroplankton Monitoring Data from a Fixed Platform in the Chesapeake Bay Mouth, 1982-1983.
OLD DOMINION UNIV NORFOLK VA APPLIED MARINE RESEARCH LAB
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Long-term monitoring studies of non-commercial marine organisms are rare, especially studies of zooplankton populations. Where such data bases exist they are frequently the source of unique and valuable information. The importance of long-term data bases is the continuity of data over time hence their maximum value is only realized after a number of iterations of the ecological cycle under study. This report constitutes a preliminary look at the first two years of data from what we hope will become a continuing study of meroplankters in the Chesapeake Bay mouth. Among the objectives of this research were to compare the technique of monitoring zooplankton from a fixed platform, the fishing pier on the South Island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel with towed collections. The fixed platform sampling approach was selected for testing because it is both less expensive and, not being weather dependent, more reliable than boat towed collections. These are both important considerations in the establishment of a long-term program.
- Biological Oceanography