Senckenberg Research

Dogger Bank epibenthos




The epibenthos (animals living on the sea bottom) include large and mobile organisms like crabs and fish as well as ones attached to the bottom or to other substrates (e. g. sponges, sea anemones, bryozoans). Between these extremes a wealth of slow moving animals like snails, slugs, starfish, and sea urchins complete this picture. All these animal groups and some more occur on the Dogger Bank. Random and casual sampling, as was the case before our regular studies, does not help in understanding long term changes of environment and fauna. In order to overcome this situation a network of 40 stations at a distance of about 10 nautical miles (18.7 km) from one another was designed. The individual stations were to be sampled for at least 10 years with the same gear at the same season. The firs one of these campaigns took place 1991 and research has gone on since that time and is still continuing at yearly intervals.

Departments in charge: Crustacea section (organiser), all sections of Marine Zoology DepartmentMarine biology (Wilhelmshaven).



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