Field manuals for marine sampling to monitor Australian waters

Front cover of field manuals flyer

The NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub has developed a suite of field manuals to describe a nationally consistent and defensible approach to marine data acquisition. With over 70 contributors from 30 agencies, the field manuals include information on marine survey design, pre-survey planning, gear deployment and retrieval, and data management.

For more information about the field manuals and their benefits, see this news story: Marine sampling field manuals support biodiversity monitoring at a national scale.

Feedback and online questionnaire

We encourage all users (or potential users) to give feedback and suggestions for future versions and manuals via our online questionnaire hereDeadline - 10 December 2018.


The field manuals can be downloaded in their entirety or as individual chapters by clicking on the links below.

Full version

Individual chapters

Related information

  • Flyer - Field manuals for marine sampling: Towards a national monitoring program
  • Request a poster - Gear Up: Field manuals for marine sampling
  • Project D2 - Standard operating procedures for survey design, condition assessment and trend detection


Rachel Przeslawski


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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 3:22pm