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Bongo net

A bongo net consists of two plankton nets mounted next to each other. These plankton nets are ring nets with a small mesh width and a long funnel shape. Both nets are enclosed by a cod-end that is used for collecting plankton. The bongo net is pulled horizontally through the water column by a research vessel. Using a bongo net, a scientist can work with two different mesh widths simultaneously.

How do you use a bongo net?

A bongo net is drawn horizontally through the water column by a research vessel.



Usefulness of a bongonet?

  • Suitable for investigating plankton of different size classes simultaneously
  • Simple to operate

Some studies:

  • Monitoring (measurements of zooplankton and fytoplankton) of the North Sea:

Performed in the framework of the LifeWatch project.

Technical details

The bongo net of VLIZ, has the following technical characteristics:

  • Two stainless steel rings: diameter of 60 cm
  • Ring net:
    • Mesh width: 500 µm
    • Length: 2,5 m
  • More technical information: click here

*If you are as a scientist interested in using a plankton net with a particular mesh width that is not yet included in the research equipment of VLIZ, VLIZ can acquire this for you.

How to borrow the bongo plankton net?

For more information about our rental service, please contact VLIZ

Use and conditions

Note: if you use the bongo plankton net of VLIZ as a scientist, please refer to it in your publications as: 'This work was supported by data & infrastructure provided by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)'.