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Zooplankton

The ECN protocol for crustacean zooplankton (FZP)
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FZP

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The crustacean zooplankton which dominate the open water of lakes form an important link in the food chain between phytoplankton and fish.  Most lakes contain a few species from a small number of genera but marked changes in species composition can occur when there is a progressive change in the trophic status.

Species presence and abundance are determined through fortnightly sampling at lake sites only.

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JUNE

June is one of ECN's busiest months. In addition to the many other measurements, we start summer bat monitoring at terrestrial sites, and survey for spittle bugs. At freshwater sites, routine water sampling continues and we also sample diatoms this month.

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