Indian Island Field Research, June 12, 2010

Example Research Methods

Fish: Monthly summer seining to find out which fish species use the bay at different times of year, their abundance, and when they reproduce. (Fish data summary 2009–2010)
Eelgrass:  Annual surveying of eelgrass density in specially marked intertidal plots.(Eelgrass data summary 2009–2010)
Algal blooms: Special buoys equipped with underwater light sensors to indicate the timing and density of algal blooms. (Algae data summary 2009)
Sea slugs: The diversity of nudibranchs, the "butterflies of the sea," is a good indicator of total marine biodiversity – and they are beautiful! (Nudibranch data summary 2010)
Crabs: More than 14 species of crabs live around Indian Island, and some are good indicators of water quality. (Crab data summary 2009–2010)
Plankton: Traps and settling plates in the bay capture larval animals in order to monitor their timing and abundance. (Plankton settling plate data 2010)
Pollution: Contaminants from runoff are measured in sediments and clams. (Contaminant levels 2009)

Fish Seining 

Research Data

Indian Island Health of the Bay 2014 - View or Download (PDF Document - 1014k)
Indian Island 2013 in brief  - View or Download (PDF Document - 447k)
Research Data
2010 Invertebrate Study Databook - Download (Microsoft Excel - 105k)

2009–2010 Research Data Summary - View - Download (PDF Document - 448k)

Research Forms
Monitoring FrameworkView - Download (Microsoft Word - 282k)

Monitoring Sectors -  View - Download (Microsoft Word - 168k)

Monitoring schedule - View

Research Data
First season data summaryView - Download (Microsoft Word)

2009 DatabookDownload