|A 9x9 grid simliar to the one produced|
This week Monday I will bring up my first set of 6 plates that have been out for a week and begin to examine and count the fouling organisms on them. I will switch them out with a second set of plates so that I can continue to leave them out for one week periods for the next 6 weeks, alternating between sets. The grid was printed on a clear plastic sheet so that it can be placed over the settlement plate and the appropriate squares examined. If there is minimal settling, sub-sampling will not suffice to give a general picture of the various species that have settled and the whole plate (minus the area covered by the hardware) will have to be examined. Once I have the plates out and begin to examine them I will have more pictures to post of the various species that I encounter. Until next week, cheers!