Sampling and analysis of zooplankton from natural lakes and coastal ecosystems (Tender YY 01/2018, WDD)

1.5 years (June 2018  – November 2019)

Funded by:
Water Development Department (Republic of Cyprus)

Collaborator experts:
Dr George Kehayias (University of Patras, Greece)

Project Description:
Monitoring of Biological Quality Elements in Cyprus natural lakes started in 2014 and lasted 3 years, in the framework of the implementation of two Contracts of the Water Development Department (WDD): YY 06/2013 (for 2014 and 2015) and YY 02/2016D (for 2016). Background information on zooplankton as well as phytoplankton that have been collected during the above mentioned research projects were implemented by MER Lab.

Since 2017, WDD monitors several sampling stations in each natural lake, on a weekly basis, for the measurement of hydromorphological and physicochemical parameters. The collected data in combination with the data that will be collected by the current contract (in-situ physichochemical parameters, zooplankton parameters), the results of the analyses from WDD and several laboratories (for biological and chemical parameters) as well as background information (for years 2014 – 2016), will be used for the evaluation of chemical and ecological status of natural lakes, according to the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC.

In regards to the marine samples, at the study stations monthly, seasonally or annually (depending on the station) chlorophyll a and water column physicochemical data are currently available from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR), while background data on marine zooplankton are absent and will be collected for the first time as part of this tender. With this tender we hope to better understand the zooplankton communities and interactions, particularly in the coastal areas.

The Contract Scope of the project is:
a) The sampling from ten (10) monitoring stations in seven (7) natural lakes during the wet season 2018/19.
b) The takeover (collection from WDD and DFMR and analysis) of 137 (113 from natural lakes and 24 from coastal stations) zooplankton samples taken from wet seasons of 2017 and 2018, for subsequent analysis by the Contractor.
c) The analysis of 246 zooplankton samples (from natural lakes and coastal stations) of wet seasons 2017, 2018 and 2018/19.