Sandy Beach Monitoring Equipment

Before you start a LiMPETS monitoring program at your school or organization, you will need equipment. To borrow equipment, contact your local LiMPETS coordinator. Otherwise, you can build or purchase your own. A complete set of monitoring equipment costs approximately $200 – $250 to assemble.

To get started:

  1. Use the checklist on this page to find out what equipment is needed. The list will accommodate five groups of students, each working on their own transect.
  2. Learn how to build your own cores and sieves (pdf 116KB).

Monitoring Equipment

Quantity Required Equipment Optional Equipment Notes or Purchase Info
PVC cores: 6-inch diameter 5 Required?: yes Optional?: no Build your own! Approx. $35 to purchase materials to make 5 cores.
6-quart clear plastic sieves 10 Required?: yes Optional?: no Build your own! Approx. $50 to purchase materials to make 10 sieves.
Plastic calipers 5 Required?: yes Optional?: no Available at Carolina Biological:
#70-2647; $9 each.
2-gallon buckets 5 Required?: yes Optional?: no Available at Carolina Biological or Amazon; $5-10 each.
Stake flags: 15-inch 50 Required?: yes Optional?: no Available at Ben Meadows:
#107611; $13 for 100 flags.
50m survey line (twisted poly rope): marked every meter 1 Required?: yes Optional?: no Available at any hardware store; approx. $25.
10m survey line (twisted poly rope): marked every meter 5 Required?: yes Optional?: no Available at any hardware store; approx. $25.
Measuring tape: metric 1 Required?: yes Optional?: no Used to measure survey lines every meter.
Available at most hardware stores.
Duct tape or permanent marker 1 Required?: yes Optional?: no Used to mark survey lines every meter.
Available at any hardware store.
Clipboards and pencils 5 Required?: yes Optional?: no Available at any office supply store
Field Log and Sand Crab Datasheets 1-5 copies Required?: yes Optional?: no Download from Datasheets & Forms.
Can be printed on waterproof Rite in the Rain paper.
Beaufort wind scale 1-5 copies Required?: yes Optional?: no Download from Datasheets & Forms.
Random number table 1 copy Required?: yes Optional?: no Download from Datasheets and Forms.
Ambient hand-held wind meter 1-2 Required?: no Optional?: yes Available at Ambient Weather; $23 each
Thermometer 1-2 Required?: yes Optional?: no Available at Carolina Biological:
#74-5435; Enviro-Safe Pocket Thermometer; $10 each
GPS 1 Required?: no Optional?: yes Available at Garmin.com; $150 and up
Bin to carry equipment 1 Required?: no Optional?: yes Available at hardware stores,
Rubbermaid.com, and
Target.com
Collecting permit 1 Required?: yes Optional?: no A fishing license or scientific permit is required if collecting crabs
for parasite analysis. Contact your LiMPETS coordinator for more information.
Rubber boots 5 Required?: no Optional?: yes Available at Target.com; approx. $20 each
Change of clothes   Required?: no Optional?: yes …for after monitoring