We also had to "fish" for copepods and set them up in an aquarium to be ready to add back to some of the mesocosms the evening before we start the experiment. This involved doing vertical hauls in the bay with a plankton net, towing a plankton net behind the boat, and really "basically everything it was possible to do with a plankton net short of wear it as a dress" (so spoke Morten). The end result.... we very very very very possibly now have in the wetlab downstairs the 1.2 million copepods we need. And, as Morten pointed out, with the ctenophores fished out (the ctenophores will eat copepods) but, in the bags we would like to become copepod-dominated, the copepods not, we have created little safe havens for copepods. Copepod sanctuaries, if you will. We're feeding the phytoplankton nutrients, so they will grow, so there is plenty of food for the copepods. And, yes, the ctenophores are gone. Copepod heaven.
Bolinopsis out of the bags from which we have not removed any zooplankton.
harbor porpoise has appeared in the bay.
Secchi disks. Briva decided this could be used to get rid of the Bolinopsis in the bags.
Aug 4 2012zj- Mouths of mesocosms. But are those..... hula hoops?