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Newston net

To collect plankton and fish larvae right in the surface we use a Newston net. It has the form and function of a sledge, as it slides on its two runners either side of the net through the surface layer of the sea. As it rides right at the surface, it can only be used in very calm conditions and has to be deployed at the side of the ship. The aim is to get the sledge as far out from the side of the ship as possible to get a nice undisturbed sample.