Freshwater biological surveys have become an essential part of resource management due to its effectiveness in determining the health of a body of water. FISHFACT undertakes freshwater biological water quality assessments, where the presence of indicator species are calculated against a number of standard biotic indices in order to provide a baseline biological water quality rating for a watercourse.

Our company has a long established reputation of being experts in the provision of fisheries and aquatic ecology assessments for the freshwater environment.

Biological water quality assessments we undertaken include:

  • Macroinvertebrate kick sampling and surber sampling surveys
  • Phytobenthos and phytoplankton sampling
  • Macrophyte sampling surveys

We provide macroinvertebrate sampling including identification, enumeration, functional group analysis and statistical analysis of communities present. We provide biological water quality assessments utilising a range of indices. Biotic indices utilised by FishFact include: Biological Monitoring Working Party (BMWP) methodology which has been revised and is used in conjunction with the Average Score Per Taxon (ASPT), the Trent Biotic Index (TBI), Chandler Biotic Index (CBI), Q value rating, Small Stream Risk Score (SSRS) for first and second order streams, and the Juvenile Salmonid Food Index.

For more information please see the ‘Biological water quality assessments‘ page on our main website.

Biological water quality surveys undertaken by FISHFACT are a rapid and cost-effective service, providing accurate and robust data on the aquatic environment. Samples are processed to the required standards following standard methodologies, while applied aspects of macroinvertebrate ecology are also offered by FISHFACT in order to provide a high resolution insight into the ecology of a waterbody. This provides greater confidence in the results of any aquatic sampling exercise.

In-house quality control ensures each project receives individual attention from the approved sampling methodology on site through to the sample processing and logging of data. Samples are stored and archived to ensure a consistent, high quality service is offered every time.

Our company has a long established reputation of being experts in the provision of fisheries and aquatic ecology assessments for the freshwater environment.

Dr. Will O’Connor is a Senior Ecologist who has over 25 year’s professional experience. He is a graduate of the University of Wales, Cardiff, and the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and a full member of both the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and the Institute of Fisheries Management. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Biologist.

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