North Sea Benthos Survey

The data presented here is the result of the 1986 North Sea Benthos Survey, an activity of the Benthos Ecology Working Group of ICES. Benthic samples were taken in a standardised way, on a regular grid covering the whole of the North Sea, and analysed by scientists from 10 laboratories. Extensive work was done to standardise taxonomy and identifications across the different laboratories. A total of just over 1000 species were reported from 235 stations. More information on the North Sea Benthos Survey, on the resulting publications and the data management structures can be found on the about screens.

The database can be consulted through several entry points (corresponding to the three items in the menu on the left):

Scientists and institutes involved

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