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                description:  Parameter or Variable: BENTHIC SPECIES (measured); Units: count; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Sediment samples were collected using either a Young-modified Van Veen grab sampler (0.04 m2), a large Van Veen grab sampler (0.1 m2), a box corer (0.09 m2), a cylindrical, hand-operated push corer for diver-collected samples (0.0071 m2), or a vacuum suction sampler apparatus on Johnson Sea Link submersible (0.03 m2). Sediments collected for identification and enumeration of benthic infauna were prepared by gently washing the material through a 0.5-mm mesh sieve and rinsing the material retained on the sieve into a labeled container, fixed in 10% buffered formalin with rose bengal (to facilitate subsequent sorting), and transferred to the laboratory for further processing. Once in the laboratory, samples were transferred from formalin to 70% alcohol. Organisms were separated from sample debris under a dissecting microscope, identified to the lowest practical taxonomic level (usually species), and enumerated.; Data Quality Method: A variety of QA/QC procedures were implemented during the processing of benthic infauna samples to ensure consistent production of high quality data. A minimum of 10% of all benthic infauna samples sorted by each technician were re-sorted by a different technician to monitor performance and provide feedback necessary to maintain acceptable standards. The minimum acceptable sorting efficiency was 90%. Approximately 10% of the samples were randomly selected and re-checked by an independent qualified taxonomist. The minimum acceptable taxonomic efficiency was 90%..
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                description:  Parameter or Variable: WATER QUALITY (measured); Units: varies; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: varies; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Measures of water quality (temperature, salinity, depth, pH, dissolved oxygen) were obtained using a data sonde (Seabird CTD or YSI multiparameter sonde). Water samples were collected either by hand at the surface or at various depths using Niskin bottles. Samples for analysis of nutrients, chlorophyll, and TSS were analyzed following standard methods (U.S. EPA 1997; U.S. EPA 1995).; Data Quality Method: Samples for analysis of nutrients, chlorophyll, and TSS were analyzed following standard methods (U.S. EPA 1997; U.S. EPA 1995)..
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                description:  Parameter or Variable: SEDIMENT QUALITY (measured); Units: varies; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: varies; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Sediment samples were collected using either a Young-modified Van Veen grab sampler (0.04 m2), a large Van Veen grab sampler (0.1 m2), a box corer (0.09 m2), a cylindrical, hand-operated push corer for diver-collected samples (0.0071 m2), or a vacuum suction sampler apparatus on Johnson Sea Link submersible (0.03 m2). Measures of sediment quality (grain size, total organic carbon, chemical contaminant concentrations, toxicity) were obtained following standard methods. Samples for grain size analysis were prepared by sieve separation followed by timed pipette extractions as described in Plumb (1981). TOC analysis followed USEPA Method 9060 (U.S. EPA 1992). Analysis of arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), iron (Fe), and antimony (Sb) was performed using either instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) or inductively-coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Analysis of aluminum (Al), manganese (MN), and zinc (Zn) was carried out using either flame atomic absorption spectroscopy (FAA) or ICP-MS. Analysis of cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), selenium (Se), silver (Ag), and tin (Sn) was performed using either graphite furnace atomic absorption (GFAA) or ICP-MS. Mercury (Hg) was analyzed using either cold vapor atomic absorption (CVAA) or on a direct mercury analyzer (DMA). Other metals not listed above were analyzed using ICP-MS. Organic contaminants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs; polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs; polybrominated diphenyl ethers, PBDEs; chlorinated pesticides) were analyzed using either gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) or gas chromatography with electron capture detection (GC-ECD). Sediment toxicity was assessed using one or several toxicity assays. Amphipod assays (Ampelisca abdita, Ampelisca verrilli, Leptocheirus plumulosus) are acute toxicity tests which measure the effect of sediment exposure on amphipod survival under static conditions. Procedures followed the general guidelines provided in ASTM Protocol E1367-92 (ASTM 1993) and EMAP-E Laboratory Methods Manual (U.S. EPA 1995). The Microtox® solid-phase test with the photoluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri (also called Allivibrio fischeri) provides a sublethal measure of toxicity based on attenuation of light production by the bacterial cells due to exposure to the sediment sample (Bulich 1979, Ross et al. 1991, Microbics 1992 a and b). A 7-d sublethal test of the effects of sediment exposure on growth of juvenile Mercenaria mercenaria (“seed clams”), was developed by Ringwood et al. (1996) and Ringwood and Kepler (1998). A similar assay using juvenile clams used survival (rather than growth) as the endpoint (Fulton et al. 2007).; Data Quality Method: A performance-based approach was employed, utilizing the following standard practices: 1) continuous laboratory evaluation through the use of Certified Reference Materials (CRMs), Laboratory Control Materials (LCMs), or Standard Reference Material (SRM); 2) laboratory spiked sample matrices; 3) laboratory reagent blanks; 4) calibration standards; 5) analytical surrogates; and 6) laboratory and field replicates..
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                code:  NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
            description:  Title: NOAA Ship Flag: United States of America Vessel Type: Research Vessel (Environmental) DOB: May 1991 IMO: 8993227 Former Name: Agate Pass (YTT-12) (2002)
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            description:  Updated information from ICES for the vessel JOE FERGUSON from US: UNITED STATES. Name : JOE FERGUSON Country(s) : US: UNITED STATES (ISO Country Code) Platform Class : 31: Research vessel Pennant : R4106 Title : RV Commissioned Date : 2008 Current Length : 12.5 Built : 2008 WOD Code: 11762 Notes : NOAA class III research boat/catamaran operated by the NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Built as Joe Ferguson in 2008. Information Sources: - https://graysreef.noaa.gov/about/marineops/welcome.html - https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/about/vessels/small-boat-fleet.html Confirmed by NOAA on 2019-07-01. Submitted to ICES 2019-03-12
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