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Rapid Assessment of Macroinvertebrate Samples 2004

Freshwater Marine Terrestrial JNCC Publications 0963-8091 Habitats Directive Invertebrates JNCC report series 363


The implementation of the Water Framework Directive and EC Habitats Directive requires that the ecological status of all transitional and coastal waters be described. Traditional methods of sampling and laboratory analysis are unavoidably labour intensive and hence costly, and often involve a considerable delay between the commissioning of the survey and production of the report. The development of rapid assessment techniques that will provide repeatable and relevant data in a timely and cost effective way is therefore of considerable importance.

This report details results of some possible approaches which may be adopted in the laboratory to achieve the above aims. The data originate from samples taken during an Environment Agency field workshop held on board the CSV Vigilance in the Fal - Ruan estuary complex in September 2002. The workshop was held as part of the Environment Agency Research and Development project (E1-116), as part of the integrated UK and Republic of Ireland approach to assessment of transitional and coastal waters. Funding was provided by JNCC for the follow-up laboratory analysis. Methods were devised by Environment Agency and JNCC staff. IECS was contracted to perform the laboratory analyses.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2004·02·01

Jarvis, S.C., Proctor, N.V. & Musk, W.A. 2005. Rapid Assessment of Macroinvertebrate Samples. JNCC Report No. 363, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This report outlines approaches for rapid assessment techniques for describing ecological status of transitional and coastal waters based on macroinvertebrate sampling.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·10·14

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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