SS-EN-ISO-16665 Water quality - Guidelines for quantitative sampling and sample processing of marine soft-bottom macrofauna (ISO 16665:2014)

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This International Standard provides guidelines on the quantitative collection and processing of subtidal soft-bottom macrofaunal samples in marine waters.This International Standard encompasses:a) development of the sampling programme;b) requirements for sampling equipment;c) sampling and sample treatment in the field;d) sorting and species identification;e) storage of collected and processed material.This International Standard does not specifically address the following, although some elements may be applicable:— bioassay sub-sampling;— deep water (>750 m) or offshore sampling;— in situ faunal studies, e.g. recolonization assays;— non-benthic organisms caught in the sampling device;— estuarine sampling;— intertidal sampling;— meiofaunal sampling and analysis (see Reference [9]);— sampling by dredge and sledge;— self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) sampling;— statistical design.Accuracy of position fixing is determined by the geographical area, equipment used and survey objective.

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SS-EN ISO 16665:2013

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Dec. 22, 2013



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International Equivalent

EN ISO 16665:2013(IDT); ISO 16665:2014(IDT)