Just a quick post to say that we've now received the research licence for the North West Territories so we're good to go!
The first plankton net arrived on Friday so we’ve been in the River Usk this weekend testing out how we’re going to deploy the nets when we’re in Canada. The idea of using a tripod, weighted down with a few rocks, seemed to work well. The water velocity was approximately 0.4 m/s which is probably lower than on the Wind and Peel rivers, but the tripod was pretty stable.
We had a look afterwards to test out the various microscopes and to see what we'd found. Here's a couple of pics!
Below is a small sliver of uPVC that we had a look at to see what it looked like under the microscope as well.
A pic from the bank holiday weekend. We went to the Dovey (Dyfi) estuary for a paddle and ended up practicing lining through the sand and mud. Good practice for the Mackenzie delta, although the canoe will be heavier and there will be fewer dogs!