Environmental supervision on-board and biological analyses for exploratory offshore drilling operations in Block 6 – Calypso 3 prospect area, EEZ Cyprus
ca 4 months (March 2019 – June 2019)
TOTAL E & P Cyprus
Subcontracted by the joint venture:
Nicolaides & Associates Ltd
In late April and early May 2019, six zooplankton samples were collected with vertical tows of a plankton net (diameter: 50 cm; porosity: 200 μm), from 250 m to the surface in six locations situated in the Calypso 3 prospect area. Zooplankton identification and enumeration of samples collected was completed in June 2019 and the data processing revealed a total number of 58 taxa. At the same time, six phytoplankton samples were collected at a sampling depth of 1 m from the surface in six locations situated in the Calypso 3 prospect area. The samples were preserved with Lugol iodine and stored in black polyethylene bottles at room temperature until the analysis. Overall, 30 taxa were identified employing the Utermohl method. In order to investigate the benthic community structure of Calypso 3 prospect area, 34 samples were collected from all stations, consisting of 2 replicates each, collected via a 50 cm x 50 cm box corer of 82 L in volume at depths of 1992 to 2677 m. The examined samples yielded a total of 597 individuals, belonging to 39 taxa.