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General
Data set name

The Wash, east coast of England cockle survey (1989-)

Data holding centreCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1989 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Coastal and offshore beds in the Wash, east coast of England

Observations 
Parameters

Zooplankton and zoobenthos morphological parameters; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related counts; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related wet weight biomass per unit area of the bed

Instruments

Benthos samplers

Description 
Summary

The initial survey in 1989 estimated the biomass of cockles at tidal heights above that exploited using current commercial methods. The 1990 survey (March - April) and subsequent surveys sampled all parts of a limited number of beds. Surveys from 1991 to date have taken place in September after recruitment has been completed. The 1997 survey again included areas not normally exploited commercially. The survey now covers 7 sites, approximately 240 samples being collected from predetermined sites located on a regular latitude - longitude based grid. All terrain vehicles are used for transport across the beds.

OriginatorsCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
References

Walker, P. and Palmer, D.W. (1989) A Survey of cockle stocks on the upper shore of the Wash, April 1989., MAFF. Shellfish Resource Group Report, No. 3.; Walker, P. and Palmer, D.W. (1990) A Survey of cockle stocks of the Wash, March - April 1990., MAFF. Shellfish Resource Group Report, No. 4.

Data web sitehttp://www.cefas.co.uk/
Availability 
OrganisationCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
AvailabilityLicence
ContactContracts Office, CEFAS, Lowestoft
Address

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR33 OHT
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1621 562244
Facsimile+44 (0)1502 513865
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1029074
Global identifier454
Last revised2009-05-22