Ongoing activities

Surface Zooplankton Communities from Bermuda

Molly Rivers1, Paris V Stefanoudis1, Lucy C. Woodall1,2

1 Nekton Foundation, Begbroke Science Park, Begbroke Hill, Woodstock Road, Begbroke, Oxfordshire OX5 1PF United Kingdom

2 Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX3 1PS United Kingdom

We also sampled the topmost surface layer (0‒0.5 m) with a single Neuston frame system (SEA-GEAR; mouth opening 0.5 m2, net mesh size: 300 μm) in several locations in the NW Atlantic (Bermuda, the Gully region on the Scotian Shelf, Kelvin Seamount, Gulf Stream Frontal Area). Data has been collected, and currently, we are performing statistical analysis. The results of this work will form part of a synopsis paper that will be published in 2019 and which will provide a synthesis of all the findings of Nekton Mission 1. Below, you can see some representative fish larvae found in our samples.

Zooplankton communities from the SW Indian Ocean

Molly Rivers1, Paris V Stefanoudis1, Lucy C. Woodall1,2

1 Nekton Foundation, Begbroke Science Park, Begbroke Hill, Woodstock Road, Begbroke, Oxfordshire OX5 1PF United Kingdom

2 Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX3 1PS United Kingdom


We used a Hydrobios MultiNet MiDi zooplankton sampler (mouth opening 0.25 m2, net mesh size: 180 µm) to sample the water column at 5 pre-defined depths in the Southwest Indian Ocean. These depths correlate to the Florescence Maximum (F-Max) with two above (0-50; 50–100 m), one within (100–150 m) and two below the F-Max (150–200; 200–250 m). The zooplankton assemblages at each depth are currently being processed and analysis is expected to finish by the end of 2018.