Sampling techniques for the biomonitoring of deep rivers

Bass, J. A. B.; Neale, M. W. N.; Kneebone, N. T.; Corbin, T. A.; Gunn, R. J. M.; Blackburn, J. H.; Davy-Bowker, J.; Clarke, R. T.; Jones, J. I.. 2006 Sampling techniques for the biomonitoring of deep rivers. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society, Special Program.

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Macroinvertebrate biomonitoring tools in the UK (RIVPACS) and the Republic of Ireland (Q System) are based on samples collected by a standard kick sample and a search. Rivers that are too deep to wade present a problem in that these techniques are not suitable. Different sampling methodologies must be employed in deep rivers. The effectiveness of three techniques for sampling macroinvertebrates in deep rivers (long handled pond net, dredge and air-lift) was tested in a number of Irish rivers. Recommendations are made for the techniques to be used to sample deep rivers.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: _ River Ecology
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Abstract only. Presented at the NABS Annual meeting, Anchorage, Alaska, 2006 in Bioassessment
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 23 Sep 2008 09:02 +0 (UTC)

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