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Catamaran trawl, collecting particles and microplastics from the sea surface in the strait of Gibraltar, between the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean Catamaran trawl, collecting particles and microplastics from the sea surface in the strait of Gibraltar, between the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean

We completed our first two stations without a problem. The Alkor crew knows our gear well, and deployment and retrieval are as smooth as the glassy sea surface right now. We’re collecting water and particles from the CTD/Niskin rosette, underway seawater system, and pumps that filter in situ. We use Bongo nets to collect particles and plankton from depth, a catamaran trawl to sample the sea surface, and a WP3 net to collect a vertically-integrated sample. For sediments, we have a multi-corer, a box corer, and Van Veen bottom grab. We’ll post more details and pictures soon…

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