A requirement of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is that benthic macro-invertebrates must be sampled from coastal and transitional waters at least twice within a river basin cycle (6 years) in order to classify these water bodies. The WFD requires the sampling of all nominated coastal and transitional waters for benthic macro-invertebrates. This includes the field sampling, processing and analysis of samples.
The Marine Institute, a semi State body, wishes to invite tenders for the outsourcing of the processing and analysis only of benthic macro-invertebrates and sediment samples.
A full technical description is available in the attached Invitation to Tender document.