The epibenthic sledge is a system for sampling benthic and benthopelagic faunas. The epibenthic sledge consists of a rectangular frame with a mesh net attached to it. When towed along the seabed, its weight scrapes into the benthos, collecting any organisms on the surface or in the first centimetres of sediment.
A mechanically operated flap closes the net during deployment and opens when the sledge touches the bottom. The net will also collect the organisms in the water column just above the benthos (25 cm above the seabed).
Details of the closing mechanism:
A mechanically operated flap closes the net and opens when the sledge touches the bottom.
• Opening: 80 x 30 cm - 2400 cm²
• Dimensions L x W x H: 170 x 110 x 60 cm
• AISI 316 stainless steel
• Net, length 150 cm, mesh size 500 µm
• Net bucket, length 360 mm, diameter 160 mm, the windows are
covered by stainless steel mesh, 500 µm and the windows are
protected by AISI 316 stainless steel net
• Weight: 100 kg
A video camera with battery cylinder and light can be attached to the frame, please contact KC-Denmark for more information.