Essential Habitats and their Fish Communities
After an area is mapped and we have high resolution multibeam bathymetry and backscatter, a subsequent cruise uses the C-BASS to image the bottom. This provides data on the states of reef fish and sea turtle populations as well as detailed information about habitat.
Success of this project truly relies on the integration of many different technologies. The first step is the mapping process to obtain multibeam bathymetry which requires several data streams from the echosounder, GPS, POS MV, and tidal information among others.
Mapping New Areas on the WFS
The C-SCAMP group at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science acquired a new multibeam system (RESON Seabat 7125) which will be used to produce extremely high resolution multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data.
C-BASS: A Towed Camera System for Visual Reef Fish Abundance Estimates and Benthic Habitat Assessment
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End of 2017 Field Season
With our 2017 field work season now at a close, we will be spending the winter finalizing our new maps and analyzing C-BASS footage collected throughout the year.
Partnering with FIO and FWRI
Our partners in this project inlcude FIO, the Florida Institute of Oceanography, and FWRI, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, both housed right next door to our offices. The two vessels used for mapping and C-BASS (imaging) surveys on the West Florida Shelf (WFS) are the R/V Weatherbird II and R/V Bellows which are commissioned though FIO.
Benthic Habitat Mapping
Where are the areas of necessity?
Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter maps are ground-truthed using footage from the C-BASS and detailed habitat maps indicating essential reef fish and sea turtle habitat can then be developed.
Learn more about the instrumentation being used in this project.