The Boknis Eck Time Series was initiated by Johannes Krey, a professor for marine planktology at the Institut für Meereskunde in Kiel (IfM). The first measurements were performed on 30 April 1957 and were continued until 1975 with the research vessels Hermann Wattenberg and Alkor. Since 1975 sampling at Boknis Eck is mainly performed with the research vessel Littorina.
From 1971 - 1982 the Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 95 "Seawater-sediment interactions processes" had its experiemental site ("Hausgarten") just a few meters away from the Boknis Eck Time Series Station site.
During the next two decades (1979 - 1999) the regular sampling was resumed and became part of the Baltic Sea monitoring programme of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM).
A large joint German/US study to characterize and model the gassy sediments of Eckernförde Bay was conducted between 1993 and 1999.
Since 1999 sampling is coordinated by the Chemical Oceanography Research Unit of the IfM (since 2012 GEOMAR). In 2010 the Boknis Eck time series station was included in the list of affiliated projects of the International Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) programme. In October 2014 Boknis Eck became a member of the International Group for Marine Ecological Time Series (IGMETS) and in March 2015 Boknis Eck became a member of the German Long-Term Ecosystem Research Network (LTER-D).
Research vessel "Littorina"
Research vessel "Hermann Wattenberg"
Water sampling on board research vessel "Alkor"